US President Donald Trump has called off a planned trip to Ireland less than two weeks after it was announced by the White House, official sources say, amid threats from Irish opposition parties and activist groups to protest his visit.
The White House announced late last month that Trump would travel to Ireland on November 12 for the first time as president and as part of a trip to attend the Armistice Day celebrations in France that commemorates the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
Shortly after the announcement, a number of Irish political parties including Labour and the Greens announced they would stage protests during the visit, in which Trump was due to visit the Irish capital of 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 on Tuesday. “The US side has cited scheduling reasons.”
The Irish media also…