Donald Trump cancels trip to Ireland

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

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

The Irish government said Tuesday that the visit announced in August had been "postponed due to scheduling reasons", the BBC reports.

Many officials in the Irish government "were definitely not looking forward to Trump's visit and were planning a low-key program mostly out of sight of the public as there is a lot of antipathy (in Ireland) towards Trump", the diplomatic source said. "We are still finalizing whether Ireland will be a stop on that trip", Sanders said.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, who as a cabinet minister opposed extending an invitation to Donald Trump before later changing his mind, had described the trip as coming "a little bit out of the blue".

Mr Trump talked about his relationship with Mr Varadkar, the Irish chief, when the pair together honored St Patrick's Day final March in Washington DC.

Trump's visit was scheduled for November 12, a day after the Armistice Day celebration, and he was to spend a day in Dublin before visiting his golf course in Doonbeg on the Atlantic coast, the newspaper reports.

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

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.

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

There has been no official announcement as yet from the White House and no indication that the visit will be rescheduled.

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

"We will always be firm friends of the American people, but Ireland will not welcome a man with Trump's record of discrimination, sexism and lies", he said.

The brief trip to Ireland was scheduled to take place as he made his way home from Armistice Day commemorations in France on November 11.

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.

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