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

Doonbeg golf course

US President Donald Trump's November visit to the Republic of Ireland has been cancelled. We are still finalizing whether Ireland will be a stop on that trip. "The US side has cited scheduling reasons", the office of Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said in a statement. "As details are confirmed we will let you know". He has previously visited Paris, while living in the White House, for Bastille Day celebrations.

The visit to Ireland, announced by the White House in early September, was scheduled to be combined with Trump's trip to Paris to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War I.

The President was due to visit his golf course in Doonbeg, County Clare, and Dublin on the weekend of 10-11 November.

The Irish Government had been heavily criticised for the planned visit.

Last week, Mr Varadkar said the news that Mr Trump was to visit Ireland "came a little bit out of the blue".

Some opposition parties in Ireland had protested the trip taking place at all. "Trump's values are not our values, and there should be no welcome mat laid out for a man of his worldview".

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

The meeting would apparently be on the sidelines of the World War I Armistice Day ceremonies on November 11.

And he pointed to the lack of a United States ambassador to Ireland for two years when he said: "I think it's time to try and get this relationship sorted".

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 meeting would be a follow-up to the stand-alone summit between Trump and Putin in July.

It was to be his first visit to the country since becoming president in 2016.

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