Trump's Trip To Ireland Cancelled

The President is scheduled to travel to G20 meetings later in November in the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires, and make a stop in Colombia.

The US president was originally invited to Ireland by former taoiseach Enda Kenny on his final St Patrick's Day visit to the White House a year ago.

As a cabinet minister, Mr Varadkar had opposed extending an invitation to Mr Trump before changing his mind when he became Prime Minister.

Sources in the Department of An Taoiseach and the Department of Foreign Affairs have said the cancellation comes as a considerable surprise to Mr Varadkar and to the Government.

The White House announced on August 31 that Mr Trump will travel to Paris for a commemoration of the centenary of the Armistice which ended the fighting in the First World War.

However, a Government spokesperson has now confirmed to Independent.ie that the trip has been "postponed due to scheduling reasons".

A White House statement had said the Irish visit would "renew the deep and historic ties between our two nations".

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

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

Mr. Trump was expected to face widespread protests in Ireland.

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

"There is an open invitation to the US President to visit Ireland at any time, I think they've all visited since Reagan, if not before and obviously there's an open invitation for me, or any future Taoiseach, to attend Washington in March", Varadka told RTE Radio One earlier this month.

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

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