Donald Trump's autumn visit to Ireland postponed because of 'scheduling reasons'

Trump cancels visit to Ireland | TheHill

Trump cancels visit to Ireland | TheHill

The White House announced on 31 August that Mr Trump will travel to Paris in November to participate in a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended the fighting in World War I.

"We've got to work out 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. As details are confirmed we will let you know", Sanders said.

His visit to Ireland was due to coincide with that trip.

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

The government of Prime Minister Leo Varadka confirmed in a statement that "the proposed visit of the US president on November 12 was postponed" and that Washington "cited scheduling reasons".

Speaking at a press conference this evening, The White House said it has not yet made a final decision on whether U.S. President Donald Trump will make a stop in Ireland as part of his trip to Paris later this autumn.

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Politicians and activists in Ireland had indicated they would hold protests during Mr Trump's visit. Other protests were planned in Dublin and other Irish cities.

According to Independent.ie, sources have said Trump's whole European itinerary is under review with the Irish trip definitely cancelled.

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

Varadkar took office as prime minister, or taoiseach, in June 2017, after winning the leadership of Ireland's ruling centre-right Fine Gael party.

Varadkar said after Trump's visit to Ireland was announced that it had come "a little bit out of the blue".

Trump was among the world leaders to congratulate Varadkar on becoming the country's youngest ever and first openly gay leader after his election a year ago.

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