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Report: Trump Cancels Ireland Visit, Catching Officials by Surprise

Report: Trump Cancels Ireland Visit, Catching Officials by Surprise
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By    |   Tuesday, 11 September 2018 01:53 PM

President Donald Trump has cancelled a planned trip to Ireland in November after attending Armistice Day commemorations in France, catching Irish officials by surprise, The Irish Independent reported Tuesday.

Trump's visit was scheduled for Nov. 12, a day after the Armistice Day celebration, and he was to spend a day in Dublin before visiting his golf course in Doonbeg on the Atlantic coast, the newspaper reports.

However, "sources say the controversial trip … will not now go ahead," according to the Independent, adding that Trump's "entire European itinerary is now under review.

"But the Irish element is set to be cancelled," the newspaper reported.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar's administration was "caught totally unaware" when asked by the Independent — and a spokesman said he could not confirm any new developments.

Talk's between Varadkar's office and the U.S. Embassy in Dublin were continuing.

Neither Trump nor the White House has commented on the possible cancellation.

The Trump administration said last month that the president would visit Ireland for the first time as commander in chief after attending a commemoration in Paris of the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I on Nov. 11.

Varadkar said then that Trump's decision to accept an open invitation "came a little bit out of the blue."

Varadkar reversed his longstanding opposition to a Trump visit after being elected prime minister last year, warning government officials to respect the office of the U.S. president amid protest threats by various political parties.

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