Donald Trump Cancels Ireland Visit He Hadn't Actually Told Ireland About In The First Place
Donald Trump has shelved plans to head to Ireland for a surprise visit in November, though it turns out that the White House hadn't notified the Irish government of either Trump's cancellation or his intent to pop by in the first place.
The Irish Independent reports that Trump had planned to spend a day in Dublin before heading for his golf course in Doonbeg, Co Clare, but that Trump's whole mooted European mini-tour is now up in the air.Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told RTE Radio that Trump's original plan to stop off "came a little bit out of the blue", which is a bit of an understatement. There's an open invite to all American presidents to visit Ireland, but they do tend to at least ring ahead. By contrast, the Irish government were notified of Trump 39;s intent to visit by the Irish Independent rather than the White House.
Trump had intended to spend Armistice Day in France before going to Ireland on 12 November. The Irish leg is definitely off, with the Taoiseach's office citing "scheduling reasons" and confirming that despite the White House saying that plans were still being "finalised", the American ambassador to Ireland had said definitively that it was off. Basically, everything's all over the place.
As opposition politicians have pointed out, the Trump White House hasn't been overly attentive to its relationship with Ireland. It took two years to appoint an ambassador for Ireland, which didn't make a great impression.Source: Google News Ireland | Netizen 24 Ireland