Donald Trump cancels planned visit to Ireland

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Donald Trump cancels planned visit to Ireland

US President Donald Trump's November visit to the Republic of Ireland has been cancelled. USA politicians, including Trump's predecessor, former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaPollster: Rasmussen Research has a pro-GOP bias Democracy is alive in Trump era Senate's antics are a reminder of why colleges need to step up MORE, have often visited the country, to which around 33 million Americans trace their heritage.

"The proposed visit of the USA president is postponed", an Irish government spokesman told Reuters.

It was not announced if he originally planned to visit Northern Ireland on the short trip.

Speaking to RTE radio earlier this month, Mr Varadkar said the prospect of a visit "came a little bit out of the blue".

The White House announced on August 31 that Mr Trump would travel to Paris for a commemoration of the centenary of the Armistice which ended the fighting in the First World War.

The stopover was on his way home from Armistice Day commemorations in France on November 11. "These policies do not reflect the Irish people's values ― we need to show him and the world that this is not normal".

Political parties including Labour and the Greens had said they would be protesting against Mr Trump's visit.

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

He said the Government hadn't been alerted that the visit was on in the first instance.

Sources in the Department of An Taoiseach and the Department of Foreign Affairs have said the cancellation comes as a considerable surprise to Mr Varadkar and to the Government.

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

"This is reflective of a relationship that is now not functioning, that needs to get sorted and needs structures in place".

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