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Donald Trump cancels trip to Ireland

Donald Trump cancels trip to Ireland

It was not announced if he originally planned to visit Northern Ireland on the short trip.

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

The Irish Green Party, which had strongly opposed Mr Trump's visit, described the cancellation as "erratic".

He said last week that information regarding the intended trip came "a little out of the blue".

A spokesperson for Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was earlier unable to confirm the story even after it was broken on Independent.ie. Other protests were planned in Dublin and other Irish cities.

The White House announced on 31 August that Mr Trump will travel to Paris in November to participate in a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended the fighting in World War I.

"The president will travel to Paris in November as previously announced", she said. "These policies do not reflect the Irish people's values ― we need to show him and the world that this is not normal".

And he pointed to the lack of a U.S. ambassador to Ireland for two years when he said: "I think it's time to try and get this relationship sorted".

This would have been the US President's first visit to Ireland since he assumed office in January 2017. "Then suddenly, in a similar manner it emerged that the visit is off".

"I think the Government should put a bit of pressure on to get an ambassador at least identified", he said.

Trump had planned a trip to his resort in Doonbeg as well as meeting Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and President Michael D. Higgins.

He added: "I've never seen anything like this, genuinely".

In 2017, Mr Varadkar's predecessor, Enda Kenny, also extended an offer for the United States president to come and visit.

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


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