US President Donald Trump's Ireland visit cancelled

Donald Trump with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at The Capitol in Washington in March

He was due to arrive in November for a brief visit, either on his way to or from a World War One commemoration event in Paris.

Mr Trump was due to visit Ireland over the weekend of November 10-11 during which he was expected to...

"The president will travel to Paris in November as previously announced. As details are confirmed we will let you know", Sanders said.

The US president was originally invited to Ireland by former taoiseach Enda Kenny on his final St Patrick's Day visit to the White House a year ago.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar opposed extending an invitation to Mr Trump when he was a cabinet minister, but changed his mind when he became PM.

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.

A number of political parties - including Labour, the Green Party, and People Before Profit - had called for protests to coincide with the visit.

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Last week, Mr Varadkar said the news that Mr Trump was to visit Ireland "came a little bit out of the blue".

The visit to Ireland, announced by the White House in early September, was scheduled to be combined with Trump's trip to Paris to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War I. Other protests were planned in Dublin and other Irish cities.

In a statement tonight, the Taoiseach's spokesperson said the Government "note" White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders suggestion that Trump administration are still "finalising" whether the President will travel to Ireland or not.

Mr Varadkar said there is a standing invitation for any United States president to come to Ireland and many have in the past.

He also said it could be symptomatic of how Mr Trump operates, making decisions and undoing them quickly.

He Tweeted '@realDonaldTrump has been no friend of democracy or human rights.

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