Trump cancels visit to Ireland

Pauline Gross
September 12, 2018

The White House had said the Irish visit would "renew the deep and historic ties between our two nations".

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

US President Donald Trump has put off a visit to Ireland that had been scheduled to follow a commemoration in Paris of the end of World War I, the Irish government said Tuesday.

Trump was due to visit on November 12 with huge public outcry over the plans.

Mr Trump is due to travel to Paris on 11 November for commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War One. It said US officials had "cited scheduling reasons".

U.S. President Donald Trump walks to Marine One while departing the White House in Washington, U.S., September 6, 2018.

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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. "We hadn't known until just a couple of days ago that he was going to take the opportunity", he said. "Trump's values are not our values, and there should be no welcome mat laid out for a man of his worldview".

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.

"There is an open invitation to the US President to visit Ireland at any time", he added. "I can only say that Trump has accepted the invitation".

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

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