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

According to reports, the President of the United States will not be visiting Dublin and his Doonbeg resort in Co Clare this November. "As details are confirmed we will let you know", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters.

The visit would have been Trump's first to Ireland since becoming president.

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.

Trump announced in August that he would travel to Ireland as part of a trip to attend the November 11 commemoration in Paris of the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War One.

"Donald Trump's administration champions policies that are destroying our planet, destabilising worldwide order, and reaching new political depths by appealing to racism, misogyny, xenophobia and hatred", Irish Green Party leader Eamon Ryan wrote in a statement urging people to reject Trump's visit.

Varadkar reversed his longstanding opposition to a Trump visit after being elected prime minister past year, warning government officials to respect the office of the US president amid protest threats by various political parties. "I think we have to treat his office with the respect it deserves".

Brendan Howlin, leader of the Labour Party in the Republic, said Mr Trump was "no friend of democracy or human rights". "This is all; the meeting is under consideration as there is still time left", he said.

U.S. President Donald Trump walks to Marine One while departing the White House in Washington, U.S., September 6, 2018.

Politicians and activists in Ireland had indicated they would hold protests during Mr Trump's visit.

He said the Government hadn't been alerted that the visit was on in the first instance.

Mr Coveney said: "It will be controversial because everything Donald Trump does these days is controversial".

Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has previously said news of the visit came a little bit out of the blue.


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