Former US President Donald Trump’s plans to visit his family’s golf resort in West Clare later this month have been scrapped.
He was expected to arrive in Ireland on August 27 and spend two nights at his family-owned hotel in Doonbeg when security was tight.
There was no indication if family members would be making the trip with him.
But it was confirmed today that Mr Trump’s planned visit to Doonbeg has been postponed.
A spokesman for Trump International Golf Links and Hotel said: “The visit will not take place.”
There is no information as to whether the visit will take place at a different time.
The visit was thrown into doubt after Mr Trump’s passports were seized in the FBI search of his home in Mar-a-Lago, Florida last week.
In a statement on the Truth Social platform, Trump claimed that agents “stole my three passports (one of them expired) along with everything else.”
The FBI confirmed the same day that agents took the passports during the Aug. 8 search of Mar-a-Lago.
The US Department of Justice has since confirmed that Trump’s passports have been returned to him.
Mr. Trump is currently in the spotlight for his actions during the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol in Washington.
Trump has been accused of “gross dereliction of duty” and inciting these riots.
He is also under investigation for allegedly removing potentially sensitive or even top secret documents as he left the White House.
The embattled former US President last visited his estate in Doonbeg during an official visit to Ireland in 2019.
Before that he made several private trips to Clare. His last private trip was in June 2015 when he also stayed at Trump’s property in Doonbeg.
Additional security measures were expected to be in place here, with members of the National Crime and Security Intelligence Service and An Garda Síochána Emergency Response Unit likely being deployed.
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