Donald Trump has cancelled an upcoming trip to Ireland – with massive protests having already been planned to greet him.
The president was expected to visit the country after celebrating Armistice Day in France on 11 November. Activists had begun planning massive demonstrations across Ireland for Mr Trump’s arrival, as opposition parties immediately protested the planned trip when it was announced earlier this year.
The president was reportedly planning a state visit in Dublin before departing for Doonbeg, where he owns a golf course.
The Irish Independent first reported the cancellation, claiming the move came as an apparent surprise to the Irish prime minister, Leo Varadkar.
It remains unclear why exactly the trip has now been called off, however. Initial reports indicated the White House was still determining whether or not the president would visit Ireland.
“The president will travel to Paris in November as previously announced,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. “We are still finalising whether Ireland will be a stop on that trip. As details are confirmed we will let you know.”
The Irish Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin previously described Mr Trump as being “no friend of democracy and human rights” encouraging constituents to protest the president's visit.
The president’s last visit to the UK was marked by massive protests following his every move, with demonstrations throughout London and Scotland.