White House gives vaguest reason imaginable for Trump's cancelled trip to Ireland

Elias Hubbard
September 14, 2018

The Irish government had previously stated that President Trump's planned trip to the Emerald Isle this November had been cancelled as a result of scheduling issues.

A Government spokesperson said that the visit by Mr Trump has been "postponed for scheduling reasons".

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement that Trump still plans to travel to Paris.

He planned to visit Dublin as well as his golf course in Doonbeg.

"We can confirm that the proposed visit of the U.S. president is postponed".

The Irish cancellation came on the same day that the Kremlin organ Tass reported Trump could be meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at some point during that Paris trip. "As primary facets are confirmed we can let".

Mr Trump was due to visit Ireland over the weekend of November 10-11 during which he was expected to...

As with his trip to the United Kingdom earlier this summer, a number of groups, supporting left-wing and environmentalist causes, had revealed plans to protest. Trump was originally meant to visit Colombia in April but scrapped the trip to remain in Washington and oversee military strikes in Syria.

The White House had announced the visit earlier in September.

RTE also said the visit had been cancelled. "We hadn't known until just a couple of days ago that he was going to take the opportunity", he said.

Some opposition parties in Ireland had protested the trip taking place at all.

Brendan Howlin, the leader of the Labour Party in the Republic of Ireland, said that Mr Trump was "no friend of democracy or human rights".

Trump's family business operates a golf club on Ireland's west coast.

It was to be Mr Trump's first visit to Ireland since he assumed the office.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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