We’ll let you know

Trump either is or is not going to drop in on Ireland in November.

The White House has not yet made a final decision on whether US President Donald Trump will make a stop in Ireland in November, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has said.

The comments came after it was reported Mr Trump’s planned visit to Ireland in November had been put off.

The Government on Tuesday evening confirmed that the visit of President Trump has been “postponed” for what it called “scheduling reasons”.

The Irish Times understands that the proposed details of the trip had been changing constantly since the White House first announced President Trump’s intention to visit last month.

Not a very adult or polite way to treat other countries. “We may visit you in a few weeks, or not, we haven’t decided yet, we’ll let you know.”

When the trip was announced the Labour party said that it would “join with like-minded people to oppose this visit.” Green party leader Eamon Ryan said the government should cancel the planned visit.

Mr Ryan welcomed the news on Tuesday that the visit was off. “The visit came out of the blue and has now been cancelled in the same erratic way. We are glad he is not coming. Trump’s positions and demeanour on every issue of the day, from climate to women’s rights, from international relations to political decency, represent the opposite of Green and indeed Irish values,” he said.

“It’s hard to know why the trip has been cancelled at this stage, but we are nonetheless glad that such a costly, potentially divisive and undignified event will now not take place,” he added.

Labour Senator Aodhán O Ríordáin welcomed the news too, saying it was as a result of the campaign against the visit.

Maybe Trump is expecting all of Ireland to say with one voice “Oh no, we’re sorry, please do visit, we promise not to protest even a little tiny bit.”

He’ll have to wait a long time for that.

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