PLANNED VISIT BY TRUMP TO REP. OF IRELAND IN NOVEMBER CANCELLED, LOCAL MEDIA SAY
Last Updated: 2018-09-12
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DUBLIN, Sept 12 (NNN-XINHUA) -- The planned visit by United States President Donald Trump to the Republic of Ireland in November has been cancelled, according to local media reports here, quoting official sources.

Television channel RTE said Tuesday the White House had confirmed to the Irish Ambassador in Washington earlier in the day that Trump's visit is off because of "scheduling reasons".

Late last month, the White House announced that Trump would visit Ireland while on his way to or from France to attend a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the World War I Armistice to be held in Paris on Nov 11.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar had confirmed the visit although he said the trip "came a little bit out of the blue".

Following the government's confirmation of Trump's visit to Ireland, several opposition parties in the country, including the Labour Party, Green Party and Solidarity-People Before Profit, called for protests to be launched during Trump's visit.

The report quoted sources from the Prime Mister's Office and the Foreign Ministry as saying that the cancellation of Trump's visit came as a considerable surprise for Varadkar and the Irish government. -- NNN-XINHUA