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Editor's Viewpoint: Confusion over Trump's visit to the Republic is no shock

Editor's Viewpoint ·

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US President Donald Trump and Leo Varadkar during the Taoiseach’s trip to the US earlier this year

Nothing is ever simple in the reign of President Trump. A mere few hours after the Taoiseach's office announced that the president's planned trip to the Republic in November had been postponed, we then hear from a White House spokesperson who said no final decision has yet been taken.

This is symptomatic of the chaotic nature of this presidency where policy, visits to countries and staff appointments are decisions apparently made on the hoof and subject to change at a moment's notice.

President Trump was expected to face protests during his trip and many in the Irish Government may secretly hope it is put on the long finger.

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US President Donald Trump and Leo Varadkar during the Taoiseach’s trip to the US earlier this year