Donald Trump has cancelled a planned trip to Ireland in November that would have been his first as US president, citing scheduling issues, the Irish government said on Tuesday.
The White House in August announced that Trump would travel to Irelandfor the first time as president as part of a trip to attend the 11 November commemoration in Paris of the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the first world war.
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A number of groups announced they would stage protests during the Trump visit, in which the president had been expected to visit the capital Dublin and his golf resort in the west coast village of Doonbeg.
“The proposed visit of the US president is postponed,” an Irish government spokesman told Reuters. “The US side has cited scheduling reasons.”
Leo Varadkar, who as a cabinet minister opposed extending an invitation to Trump, before changing his mind when he became Ireland’s prime minister, had described the trip as coming “a little bit out of the blue“, but said the office of the US president must be respected.
Ireland’s opposition Green party, which had opposed the trip, described the announcement and following cancellation as “erratic”.
“Trump’s positions and demeanour on every issue of the day, from climate to women’s rights, from international relations to political decency, represent the opposite of … Irish values,” the Green party leader, Eamon Ryan, said.
“When the people of truth remain quiet against falsehood, the people of falsehood start believing it is the truth.”
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