Sep 12, 2018 07:10 Asia/Tehran
  • Ireland says Trump visit cancelled

The Irish government has said that Donald Trump’s visit to Ireland in November will not go ahead because of scheduling issues.

Iran Press / Europe:  However, Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, seemed to contradict that view by saying that no decision had yet been made.

Sanders said at a press briefing on Tuesday afternoon: “The president will travel to Paris in November as previously announced. We are still finalizing whether Ireland will be a stop on that trip. As details are confirmed we will let you know.”

The White House in August announced that Trump would travel to Ireland for the first time as president as part of a trip to attend the 11 November commemoration in Paris of the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the first world war.

A number of groups announced they would stage protests during the Trump visit, in which the president had been expected to visit the capital Dublin and his golf resort in the west coast village of Doonbeg.

An Irish government spokesman told Reuters:  "The proposed visit of the US president is postponed.  The US side has cited scheduling reasons."

(News source; The Guardian and Reuters contributed to this report)