Obama Cuts Europe Trip Short, Will Visit Dallas Next Week

The president will return home one day earlier than expected.

July 8, 2016, 7:31 PM

— -- President Obama is cutting his Europe trip short and will visit Dallas next week, the White House announced tonight.

"The President will return to Washington on Sunday night – one day earlier than planned," the White House press secretary said in a statement. "The President will no longer travel to Seville."

The statement continued: "The President has accepted an invitation from Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings to travel to Dallas early next week."

Five law enforcement officers were killed and seven more were injured in a shooting on Thursday night in Dallas.

The president is currently in Poland, where he is attending his fifth and final NATO Summit. But the president's international trip, which the White House has acknowledged could be his last trip to Europe as president, has been overshadowed by shooting deaths here at home.

Immediately upon arriving in Warsaw Thursday night, Obama delivered a statement in reaction to the deaths of two black men in separate police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota. The president awoke hours later to news of the deadly shooting in Dallas targeting law enforcement.

Obama called the attacks on Dallas law enforcement "vicious, calculated, and despicable" in a statement this morning. And while the president continued with his previously scheduled meetings at the NATO Summit Friday, the White House said the president received frequent updates on the situation throughout the day.

Obama also spoke with the Dallas police chief and Attorney General Loretta Lynch this evening to express his condolences over the attack and receive an update on the ongoing investigation, the White House said.

The White House said more details of the president's newly announced trip to Dallas will be released as they become available.

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