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Irish Government Says Trump's Ireland Visit Has Been Canceled

Irish Government Says Trump's Ireland Visit Has Been Canceled”

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

He had been due in Ireland the following day.

According to Gavan Reilly, of Virgin Media News, 'U.S. officials in contact with Irish counterparts about planning it, say it won't go ahead'.

A number of groups announced they would stage protests during Trump's visit, in which the president had been expected to visit the capital Dublin and his golf resort in the west coast village of Doonbeg. "We are still finalizing whether Ireland will be a stop on that trip", Sanders said.

An advance party from the White House was due to visit Ireland in the coming weeks to plan the trip but that has been cancelled.

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

Trump's visit had been announced late last month, and reportedly took the Irish government by surprise.

Mr Varadkar has previously said that there is a standing invitation for any U.S. president to come to Ireland as many have in the past.

The Irish Government had been heavily criticised for the planned visit.

"We can confirm that the proposed visit of the USA president is postponed", said Laura Durkan, a spokeswoman for Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.

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

Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin tweeted that Trump "has been no friend of democracy or human rights".

Mr Martin said discussions with the US President are needed on trade and protectionism, the undocumented Irish, foreign direct investment and dispelling the perception that Ireland is a tax haven and the European Union.

It was to be his first visit to the country since becoming president in 2016.



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