Donald Trump's Upcoming Visit To Ireland Has Been Cancelled

Donald Trump with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at The Capitol in Washington in March

Just last week Mr Varadkar admitted the visit came "out of the blue" and on top of that news of the visit emerged from the White House before the well-oiled wheels of the Merrion Street press machine could kick in.

A number of groups announced they would stage protests during Trump's visit, in which the president had been expected to visit the capital Dublin and his golf resort in the west coast village of Doonbeg. However, widespread reports emerging this afternoon suggest that he has cancelled the visit.

Amid criticism government ministers reiterated the need to respect the office of the United States president but the ad-hoc manner in which the abandoned visit has played out could point to a lack of mutual respect.

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.

"We are still finalizing whether Ireland will be a stop on that trip", she said.

Donald Trump's plan to visit Ireland for the first time as USA president this November has been canceled for scheduling reasons, the Irish government announced on Tuesday. "As details are confirmed we will let you know".

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

"But the Irish element is set to be cancelled", the newspaper reported.

Irish activists espousing left-wing and environmentalist causes had pledged to hold protests.

The UK campaigners behind the controversial balloon said the Irish trip was an "excellent opportunity" to "troll" Mr Trump yet again.

Mr Varadkar said there is a standing invitation for any US president to come to Ireland and many have in the past.

Last week Ireland's deputy premier Simon Coveney said the Irish government was "a little taken by surprise" when the announcement was made.

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

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