White House gives vaguest reason imaginable for Trump's cancelled trip to Ireland

Doonbeg golf course

He will be traveling to Paris to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

Mr Trump was planning to spend one day in Dublin before travelling to Doonbeg, Co Clare where he owns a golf link.

The U.S. President had planned to visit Dublin, and his five-star West Clare resort, on November 12th and 13th. "As details are confirmed we will let you know". We are still finalizing whether Ireland will be a stop on that trip.

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

He had originally been invited by former taoiseach Enda Kelly on his final St. Patrick's Day visit to the White House a year ago, an offer that was reiterated by Mr Varadkar last March.

Trump announced in August that he would travel to Ireland as part of a trip to attend the November 11 commemoration in Paris of the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War One.

"I can confirm that the proposed visit of the US President is postponed", wrote Laura Durkan, a press officer with the Irish prime minister's office.

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

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.

According to Independent.ie, sources have said Trump's whole European itinerary is under review with the Irish trip definitely cancelled.

Mr. Trump was expected to face widespread 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 USA administration", he told Irish broadcaster RTE.

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

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