Published: Wed, September 12, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

President Trump 'cancels' November trip to Ireland

President Trump 'cancels' November trip to Ireland

There were plans for Trump to spend one day in the capital before travelling to Doonbeg in County Clare where he owns a golf course.

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

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement that Trump still plans to travel to Paris.

He told Irish radio station RTE on September 2: "There is an open invitation to the US President to visit Ireland at any time".

The government in Dublin confirmed in a statement that "the proposed visit of the US president is postponed".

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"The president will travel to Paris in November as previously announced".

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar invited Mr Trump to Ireland during a meeting at the St Patrick's Day celebrations in Washington in March.

His visit to Ireland was due to coincide.

"But the Irish element is set to be cancelled", the newspaper reported.

"Donald Trump's administration champions policies that are destroying our planet, destabilising global order, and reaching new political depths by appealing to racism, misogyny, xenophobia and hatred", Irish Green Party leader Eamon Ryan wrote in a statement urging people to reject Trump's visit.

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His office later said it was still possible Mr Trump will take up Mr Varadkar's invitation at a future date, but confirmed November's trip will not be happening.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar's administration was "caught totally unaware" when asked by the Independent - and a spokesman said he could not confirm any new developments.

Last week, Deputy Prime Minister Simon Conveney admitted the Irish government was "a little bit taken by surprise" when the announcement of the US President's visit was made.

Brendan Howlin, the leader of the Irish Labour Party, accused Trump of being "no friend of democracy and human rights" in an August 31 tweet calling on people to join anti-Trump protests.

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