Trump postpones November trip to Ireland

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

Just under two weeks after it was confirmed that Donald Trump would be visiting Ireland, it now appears that the trip is off.

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.

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

A Government spokesperson said that the visit by Mr Trump has been "postponed for scheduling reasons".

On August 31, the White House had announced that the US President would travel to Ireland as part of a trip to attend the commemoration of the centenary of the Armistice taking place in Paris on November 11. "I think we have to treat his office with the respect it deserves".

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.

Several Irish political parties vowed to protest Trump's visit by staging massive demonstrations similar to the fierce display from tens of thousands of people in the United Kingdom that greeted him in July. Other protests were planned in Dublin and other Irish cities.

RTE News report that sources in the Department of An Taoiseach and the Department of Foreign Affairs have both said that the cancellation comes as something of a surprise to both Leo Varadkar and to the Government. "This is all; the meeting is under consideration as there is still time left", he said.

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

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