Donald Trump's Upcoming Visit To Ireland Has Been Cancelled

Geneva Stokes
September 12, 2018

He was due to arrive in November for a brief visit, either on his way to or from a World War One commemoration event in Paris.

He was planning to spend one day in Dublin before travelling to Doonbeg, Co Clare where he owns a golf course.

"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".

Confusing matters, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders claimed in a statement shortly afterward that the administration was still "finalizing" whether Ireland will be a stop on a previously announced trip to Europe.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar opposed extending an invitation to Mr Trump when he was a cabinet minister, but changed his mind when he became PM.

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

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Mr Martin said discussions with the US President are needed on trade and protectionism, the undocumented Irish, foreign direct investment and dispelling the perception that Ireland is a tax haven and the European Union.

The Green Party called on the Irish government to cancel President Trump's visit, when party leader Eamon Ryan tweeted he will be organizing a protest and called out for others to join him.

He had originally been invited by former taoiseach Enda Kelly on his final St. Patrick's Day visit to the White House previous year, an offer that was reiterated by Mr Varadkar last March. "Trump's values are not our values, and there should be no welcome mat laid out for a man of his world-view", the party said on its Twitter account earlier this month.

An advance party from the White House was due to visit Ireland in the coming weeks to plan the trip but that has been cancelled. Other protests were planned in Dublin and other Irish cities.

This would have been the US President's first visit to Ireland since he assumed office in January 2017.

He also said it could be symptomatic of how Mr Trump operates, making decisions and undoing them quickly.

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