Published: Wed, September 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

US President Donald Trump's Ireland visit cancelled

US President Donald Trump's Ireland visit cancelled

The commander-in-chief would have traveled to Ireland during the same trip that puts him in Paris on November 11 to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

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.

It was not announced if he originally planned to visit Northern Ireland on the short trip. "As details are confirmed we will let you know".

News of the cancellation was first reported by an Irish national newspaper, The Irish Independent.

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

RTE reports that Trump was expected to visit the golf course and capital city around the weekend of November 11 coinciding with a trip to Paris.

The White House had announced the visit earlier in September. "We are an open and tolerant nation".

The tweet included a photo whose caption said "the invitation to Trump is unnecessary, unwelcome & unwise".

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.

"We are still finalising whether Ireland will be a stop on that trip".

But the Irish media are reporting the controversial trip will not now go ahead.

The President's trip, planned for November 12th after Armistice Day commemorations in France, will not now happen. "I can only say that Trump has accepted the invitation".

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

The meeting would be a follow-up to the stand-alone summit between Trump and Putin in July.

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