Trump cancels planned November visit to Ireland

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar met US President Donald Trump in Washington earlier this year

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar met US President Donald Trump in Washington earlier this year

"Mr Trump is the face of hate, racism and division".

He was expected to visit his golf course in Doonbeg, Co Clare, and Dublin around the weekend of 10-11 November. "The US side has cited scheduling reasons", the office of Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said in a statement.

But White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders later told reporters that no final decision had been made.

Varadkar reversed his longstanding opposition to a Trump visit after being elected prime minister a year ago, warning government officials to respect the office of the USA president amid protest threats by various political parties.

Trump was due to visit on November 12 with huge public outcry over the plans.

"The president will travel to Paris in November as previously announced", she said. That summit, in Helsinki, led to widespread criticism that Trump was deferential to Putin and did not challenge him about Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

"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".

"The relationship between Ireland and the so strong and so important, much more important than any Irish government or any US administration", he told Irish broadcaster RTE.

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

President Trump has canceled a planned trip to Ireland, the Irish government said Tuesday, amid planned demonstrations to protest his climate policies, global relations and treatment of immigrants, women and minorities.

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

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar opposed extending an invitation to Mr Trump when he was a cabinet minister, but changed his mind when he became PM.

A number of political parties - including Labour, the Green Party, and People Before Profit - had called for protests to coincide with the visit.

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