Trump cancels Ireland trip, dodges mass protests

Trump cancels Ireland trip, dodges mass protests

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

US President Donald Trump's visit to Ireland this autumn has been "postponed" due to scheduling reasons, the Irish Government said.

But White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders later told reporters that no final decision had been made.

"We've got to work on a programme and all the rest of it but I think any programme we will have will have to respect the fact that we will inaugurating our own President on the 11th of November".

"We are still finalising whether Ireland will be a stop on that trip". "As details are confirmed we will let you know".

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The Green Party had called on the Irish government to cancel the visit.

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan said: "Trump's positions and demeanour on every issue of the day, from climate to women's rights, from global relations to political decency, represent the opposite of Irish values".

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

As with his trip to the United Kingdom earlier this summer, a number of groups, supporting left-wing and environmentalist causes, had revealed plans to protest.

The US president was originally invited to Ireland by former taoiseach Enda Kenny on his final St Patrick's Day visit to the White House previous year.

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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.

"It came a little bit out of the blue", Varadkar said in an interview on RTE Radio One earlier this month.

He had originally been invited by former taoiseach Enda Kelly on his final St. Patrick's Day visit to the White House a year ago, an offer that was reiterated by Mr Varadkar last March.

President Trump welcomes Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar for a St. Patrick's Day reception at the White House in Washington, March 15, 2018.

USA politicians, including Trump's predecessor, former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaPollster: Rasmussen Research has a pro-GOP bias Democracy is alive in Trump era Senate's antics are a reminder of why colleges need to step up MORE, have often visited the country, to which around 33 million Americans trace their heritage.

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