Donald Trump’s first visit to Australia as president is called off – just days after Prime Minister Scott Morrison personally invited him in phone chat
- Donald Trump cancels trip to Australia less than a week after he was invited
- Mr Trump was expected to visit Queensland, Canberra, Sydney in November
- He will instead travel to Europe for the 100th anniversary of the armistice
Donald Trump’s first visit to Australia as president has been called off less than a week after Prime Minister Scott Morrison invited him down under.
The pair planned for the American leader to visit during a call to congratulate Australia’s newest Prime Minister last weekend.
The U.S. President announced on Friday that he will skip the meeting with Asian leaders in Singapore as well as Papua New Guinea and instead travel to Europe in November.
Donald Trump’s (pictured) first visit to Australia as president has been called off less than a week after he spoke to Scott Morrison
It is believed Vice President Mike Pence will come to Australia in his absence.
Mr Trump was expected to visit Australia in November as part of a tour that included stops in Singapore for the East Asia Summit and Papua New Guinea for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings.
There was speculation Mr Trump would also stop in Queensland, Canberra and Sydney.
‘The Vice President will highlight the United States’ vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific, based on respect for sovereignty, the rule of law, and the principles of free, fair, and reciprocal trade,’ the White House said in a statement.
The pair planned for the American leader to visit during a call to congratulate Australia’s newest Prime Minister, Scott Morrison (pictured)
‘The Vice President looks forward to meeting with our allies and partners from across the region to advance security, prosperity, and freedom for all.’
The White House confirmed Mr Trump will travel to France to participate in a November 11 commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the fighting in World War I.
While in Europe, the president also will visit Ireland to ‘renew the deep and historic ties between our two nations’.
Later in November, Mr Trump will attend the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and visit Colombia.
An anti-Trump rally had already been planned for in Sydney for November 19.