Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

White House says has not decided on Trump trip to Ireland

White House says has not decided on Trump trip to Ireland

He said the way Mr Trump's visit and expected cancellation played out had been "extraordinary", adding the Government "hadn't been alerted that the visit was on in the first instance".

The visit had been projected for November, when Trump is scheduled to be in Europe for a French commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders stopped short of confirming the decision but said officials were "still finalizing" whether Ireland would be a stop on the tour, without giving a reason for the rethink.

USA politicians, including Trump's predecessor, former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaPollster: Rasmussen Research has a pro-GOP bias Democracy is alive in Trump era Senate's antics are a reminder of why colleges need to step up MORE, have often visited the country, to which around 33 million Americans trace their heritage.

"We can confirm that the proposed visit of the United States president is postponed".

Trump "will travel to Paris in November as previously announced", she said.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar opposed extending an invitation to Mr Trump when he was a cabinet minister, but changed his mind when he became PM. "As details are confirmed, we will notify you about it", Sanders said.

In addition to visiting the Irish capital of Dublin, Trump was expected to travel to a golf course he bought in County Clare in 2014.

But an Irish government spokesman said the trip had been "postponed".

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Irish activists espousing left-wing and environmentalist causes had pledged to hold protests.

Following the confirmation of Mr Trump's visit there had been calls for protests.

Less than two weeks ago Donald Trump announced he would return to Ireland to renew the deep and historic ties between our two countries.

However, widespread reports emerging this afternoon suggest that he has cancelled the visit.

Irish officials described scant communication from Washington in the lead-up to the trip's announcement and apparent postponement.

Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin tweeted that Trump "has been no friend of democracy or human rights".

Trump's family business operates a golf club on Ireland's west coast.

The meeting would apparently be on the sidelines of the World War I Armistice Day ceremonies on November 11.

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