Donald Trump’s autumn visit to Ireland postponed

Trump cancels visit to Ireland | TheHill

Donald Trump cancels Ireland visit

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.

The stopover was on his way home from Armistice Day commemorations in France on November 11. "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.

Irish Deputy Prime Minister Simon Coveney said last week that the visit "will be controversial, because everything Donald Trump does these days is controversial".

That offer was reiterated by Mr Varadkar last March.

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"The relationship between Ireland and the U.S.is so strong and so important, much more important than any Irish government or any US administration", he told Irish broadcaster RTE.

Speaking on The Marty Squad on RTE Radio One on 2 September, the Taoiseach explained: "It came a little bit out of the blue".

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 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 need to make sure that's appropriate and fits around that as well".

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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 US presidential election. "Then suddenly, in a similar manner it emerged that the visit is off".

Trump had planned a trip to his resort in Doonbeg as well as meeting Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and President Michael D. Higgins.

"We have so many people from Ireland in this country - I know so many of them, I feel like I know all of them", the president said.

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