Trump’s visit to Ireland postponed due to ‘scheduling reasons’

The Trump administration said last month that the president would visit Ireland for the first time as commander in chief after attending a commemoration in Paris of the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I on November 11.

Mr Trump was planning to spend one day in Dublin before travelling to Doonbeg, Co Clare where he owns a golf link.

"The president will travel to Paris in November as previously announced", she said. "As details are confirmed we will let you know".

Last month, the US President announced his intention to visit - taking the Government here by surprise.

As a cabinet minister, Mr Varadkar had opposed extending an invitation to Mr Trump before changing his mind when he became Prime Minister.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has yet to respond to the news. However, widespread reports emerging this afternoon suggest that he has cancelled the visit.

The Irish cancellation came on the same day that the Kremlin organ Tass reported Trump could be meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at some point during that Paris trip.

Earlier this month, the White House announced Trump would travel to Ireland as part of a trip including a November 11 event in Paris marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Washington had said that Trump would visit Ireland "to renew the deep and historic ties between our two nations".

Politicians and activists in Ireland had indicated they would hold protests during Mr Trump's visit.

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

He said the Government hadn't been alerted that the visit was on in the first instance.

It was to be his first visit to the country since becoming president in 2016.

Brendan Howlin, leader of the Labour Party in the Republic, said Mr Trump was "no friend of democracy or human rights".

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