Trump's previously announced visit to Ireland in question

Arturo Kim
September 12, 2018

Donald Trump was due to go to Ireland for November 12 as a stopover on his way back to America after visiting France for the World War I service.

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

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The Trump administration announced last month that the president would continue on to Ireland following the November 11 ceremonies, to "renew the deep and historic ties" between the two countries.

Trump met with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar at the White House in March as part of the Irish leader's annual St. Patrick's Day holiday visit.

Earlier this month, the White House announced Trump would travel to Ireland as part of a trip including a November 11 event in Paris marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Washington had said that Trump would visit Ireland "to renew the deep and historic ties between our two nations".

Varadkar reversed his longstanding opposition to a Trump visit after being elected prime minister a year ago, warning government officials to respect the office of the US president amid protest threats by various political parties.

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Political parties including Labour and the Greens had said they would be protesting against Mr Trump's visit. "This is all; the meeting is under consideration as there is still time left", he said.

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

He said the way Mr Trump's visit and expected cancellation played out has been "extraordinary".

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

He said the Government hadn't been alerted that the visit was on in the first instance.

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

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