Donald Trump cancels planned visit to Ireland

Trump had planned to spend one day in the Irish capital before traveling to a Trump golf course in Doonbeg, in County Clare. Earlier this year Mr Varadkar said his United States counterpart was open to finding a solution but thus far none has been forthcoming, adding to the worries of the Irish community in the U.S. in the current climate.

The visit to Ireland, announced by the White House in early September, was scheduled to be combined with Trump's trip to Paris to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War I.

A planned November trip to Ireland that President Donald Trump was scheduled to take has been canceled, an Irish government official told HuffPost on Tuesday, but the White House said it's still a possibility.

But White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders later told reporters that no final decision had been made, suggesting the proposed visit could still yet happen.

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

"Help us to do so if you abhor his policies on climate change, refugee migration, trade wars, military expansion, economic inequality and the whole gung-ho, misogynistic, racially divisive show".

It was not announced if he originally planned to visit Northern Ireland on the short trip. That summit, in Helsinki, led to widespread criticism that Trump was deferential to Putin and did not challenge him about Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election.

The UK campaigners behind the controversial balloon said the Irish trip was an "excellent opportunity" to "troll" Mr Trump yet again.

He had been due in Ireland the following day.

Mr Varadkar said there is a standing invitation for any USA president to come to Ireland and many have in the past.

Mr Coveney said: "It will be controversial because everything Donald Trump does these days is controversial".

A number of political parties - including Labour, the Green Party, and People Before Profit - had called for protests to coincide with the visit.


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