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Ireland says Trump visit cancelled but White House claims no decision made

Irish government said visit would not go ahead but Sarah Sanders says we are still finalizing whether Ireland will be a stop on that trip

The Irish government has said that Donald Trumps visit to Ireland in November a trip that would have been his first as US president will not go ahead because of scheduling issues.

But 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.

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

Leo Varadkar, who as a cabinet minister opposed extending an invitation to Trump, before changing his mind when he became Irelands prime minister, had described the trip as coming a little bit out of the blue, but said the office of the US president must be respected.

Irelands opposition Green party, which had opposed the trip, described the announcement and following cancellation as erratic.

Trumps positions and demeanour on every issue of the day, from climate to womens rights, from international relations to political decency, represent the opposite of Irish values, the Green party leader, Eamon Ryan, said.

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