Trump’s visit to Ireland postponed due to ‘scheduling reasons’

Mr Trump is due to travel to Paris on 11 November for commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War One.

The President is scheduled to travel to G20 meetings later in November in the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires, and make a stop in Colombia. "As details are confirmed we will let you know".

"Clearly the outpouring of objections to this visit has had the desired effect as President Trump has decided not to come to Ireland".

President Trump welcomes Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar for a St. Patrick's Day reception at the White House in Washington, March 15, 2018.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has yet to respond to the news.

The US president announced his intention to visit taking the Government by surprise, but in an about-turn so redolent of the main man himself, it seems the plans have been changed. "I think we have to treat his office with the respect it deserves".

The Green Party had called on the Irish government to cancel the visit.

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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".

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".

No reason was given for the cancellation, although Trump was expected to face protests in Ireland.

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

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

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, who as a cabinet minister opposed extending an invitation to Trump before changing his mind when he became prime minister, had described the trip as coming "a little bit out of the blue", but said the office of the USA president must be respected.

U.S. President Donald Trump walks to Marine One while departing the White House in Washington, U.S., September 6, 2018.

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