President Barack Obama will return to the White House from El Salvador a few hours earlier than expected Wednesday, as the president juggles an official trip to Latin America with monitoring U.S. participation in enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya.
National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor told pool reporters in El Salvador on Tuesday that Obama canceled his plans to visit some Mayan ruins Wednesday in order to participate in a morning call with his national security team.
“It’s logistical,” Vietor said. “He’s doing a call in the a.m. with his national security team and thus will not have time to visit the ruins. So he’ll be wheels up a couple hours earlier.”
The Obama family began its five-day tour of Latin America by flying to Brazil on Friday. The United Nations Security Council voted the day before to impose the no-fly zone in response to the Libyan government’s violent crackdown on political dissidents, and an international coalition began enforcing the zone Saturday.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.