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Trump Cancels Trip To Ireland

Trump Cancels Trip To Ireland

The visit to Ireland, announced by the White House in early September, was scheduled to be combined with Trump's trip to Paris to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War I.

Mr Martin, the Fianna Fáil leader, described the postponement as "unedifying" for the government and called for relations with the U.S. to be mended.

There was confusion around whether US President Donald Trump's visit to Ireland will go ahead this autumn, as the two Governments gave initially differing accounts.

"We can confirm that the proposed visit of the U.S. president is postponed".

In an apparent communication breakdown, representatives of the Irish government said it was their understanding that Trump's schedule would not permit a visit in November.

"We can confirm that the proposed visit of the USA president is postponed", said Laura Durkan, a spokeswoman for Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.

The US president was originally invited to Ireland by former Taoiseach Enda Kenny on his final St Patrick's Day visit to the White House. "As details are confirmed we will let you know".

A number of groups announced they would stage protests during Trump's visit, in which the president had been expected to visit the capital Dublin and his golf resort in the west coast village of Doonbeg. Other protests were planned in Dublin and other Irish cities.

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Mr Coveney said: "It will be controversial because everything Donald Trump does these days is controversial".

"I can confirm that the proposed visit of the US President is postponed", wrote Laura Durkan, a press officer with the Irish prime minister's office.

Labour Senator Aodhán O Ríordáin welcomed the announcement, saying that the "outpouring of objections to the visit has had the desired effect".

Ireland's Green Party celebrated the news of Trump's cancelled visit.

From there, Trump was also planning to make the journey to Ireland to renew the deep and historic ties between the two nations.

Trump had been scheduled to stop in Ireland on his way back from commemorations of Armistice Day in France on November 11.

The trip to Ireland would be Trump's first to the country as President but his reception there was expected to be frosty.


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