Confusion reigns supreme as Donald Trump flip-flops on his November trip to Ireland.
The President of the United States Donald J. Trump may no longer be undertaking his planned visit to Ireland, which was scheduled for November 12, 2018.
Sources told the Independent that Trump’s entire European trip is now under review including the planned trip to Ireland, which was to take in a visit to Dublin before he traveled to his golf resort in Doonbeg, County Clare.
President Trump was planning to visit Dublin and County Clare as part of a larger European tour. His trip to Ireland was to be carried out on his return leg, as he returned from Armistice Day commemorations, in France on Nov 11.
The Irish government announced that Trump's trip has been postponed:
DEVELOPING: Irish government spokesperson:
“We can confirm that the proposed visit of the US President is postponed. The US side has cited scheduling reasons."
"We are still finalizing whether Ireland will be a stop on that trip."— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 11, 2018
According to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, however, the trip is now being reassessed and Ireland cannot be confirmed but has not been completely ruled out:
Now confirmed. Statement by #SarahHuckabeeSanders on #Trump visit to Ireland: “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.”— Suzanne Lynch (@suzannelynch1) September 11, 2018
It is likely that the news will come as a relief to the Irish government. Upon hearing of President Trump's planned visit Ireland's Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar admitted the offer of a visit came out of the blue and poses significant problems for the Irish government.
Varadkar pointed out that the results of the Irish presidential election are due out on November 11 and Ireland had also planned to be present at the ceremonies for the 100th anniversary of the First World War, given the number of Irish who died fighting for the British Army.
At the time Varadkar has also said he was aware of the Anti-Trump sentiment on the ground in Ireland. In fact, already two independent ministerial politicians had said they would protest Trump's planned visit while the public in every main city in Ireland planned public demonstrations.
IrishCentral's own readers were asked in a poll if Donald Trump should visit Ireland and a whopping 70% of our readers voted that he should not. That's more than two in three.