US Politics

Sorry Australia, Donald Trump isn't coming


Instead of flying to Australia Donald Trump has scheduled trips to France, Argentina and Ireland.

US President Donald Trump will not be travelling to Australia later this year.

There was speculation Mr Trump would 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.

The White House announced on Friday Mr Trump would be sending Vice President Mike Pence.

"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.

Vice President Mike Pence is coming Down Under.
Vice President Mike Pence is coming Down Under.

"The Vice President looks forward to meeting with our allies and partners from across the region to advance security, prosperity, and freedom for all."

There was speculation Mr Trump would stop in Queensland, Canberra and Sydney.

Mr Trump, however, will embark on other overseas trips in November.

The White House confirmed he 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.

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