Donald Trump cancels planned visit to Ireland after mass protests planned

Doonbeg golf course

Donald Trump was expected to visit his golf course in Doonbeg Co Clare

Trump announced in August that he would travel to Ireland as part of a trip to attend the November 11 commemoration in Paris of the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War One.

The US side has cited scheduling reasons for the visit being postponed.

The 45th President of the United States of America had been scheduled to visit Paris in November to participate in a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the fighting in World War I.

Last month, the White House said Mr Trump would visit Ireland as part of a wider trip to Europe to "renew the deep and historic ties between our two nations".

The U.S. President had planned to visit Dublin, and his five-star West Clare resort, on November 12th and 13th.

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"We are still finalising whether Ireland will be a stop on that trip".

"We can confirm that the proposed visit of the USA president is postponed", said Laura Durkan, a spokeswoman for Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar's administration was "caught totally unaware" when asked by the Independent - and a spokesman said he could not confirm any new developments.

Donald Trump has reportedly cancelled a deliberate day out to Eire decrease than two weeks after it turned into announced by the White Residence.

Following the confirmation of Mr Trump's visit there had been calls for protests.

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Ireland's opposition Green Party, which had opposed the trip, described the announcement and following cancellation as "erratic". "It's hard to know why the trip has been cancelled at this stage, but we are nonetheless glad that such a costly, potentially divisive and undignified event will now not take place".

Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin tweeted that Trump "has been no friend of democracy or human rights".

During a regular press briefing, a spokeswoman for the State Department said she could not answer a question from U.S. press about the Irish visit.

Preparations for street protests over the visit were already under way when it emerged Mr Trump has cancelled his trip.

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