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Donald Trump: 'No final decision' on Ireland visit

Donald Trump: 'No final decision' on Ireland visit

  • 11 September 2018
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A final decision has not yet been made on US President Donald Trump's planned visit to the Republic of Ireland in November, the White House has said.

Earlier, an Irish government spokesperson said the trip had been "postponed for scheduling reasons".

However since then the White House said the president will travel to Paris in November as previously announced.

"We are still finalising whether Ireland will be a stop on that trip," spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

The White House had announced the visit earlier in September.

The US president was expected to visit his golf course in Doonbeg, County Clare, and Dublin on the weekend of 10-11 November.

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.

Image caption A visit to Ireland was raised by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar during his trip to the US in March

The office for Irish Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Leo Varadkar confirmed the November visit was cancelled and said the "US side has cited scheduling reasons".

Politicians and activists in Ireland had indicated they would hold protests during Mr Trump's visit.

Brendan Howlin, the leader of the Labour Party in the Republic of Ireland, said that Mr Trump was "no friend of democracy or human rights".

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

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Image caption Donald Trump owns Trump Doonbeg, a golf resort in County Clare

The US president owns a golf resort in County Clare, Trump Doonbeg, which he bought in February 2014.

He last visited Doonbeg in May 2014 and was due to visit again a few months before the US presidential election, in the summer of 2016, but later shelved the plan.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar invited Mr Trump to Ireland during a meeting at the St Patrick's Day celebrations in Washington in March.

In 2017, Mr Varadkar's predecessor, Enda Kenny, also extended an offer for the US president to come and visit.