Obama cancels California trip to work on Syria

September 5, 2013

President Obama has canceled a previously scheduled trip to California next week in order to keep his attention squarely on building support for a resolution to launch a military strike against the Syrian government, the White House said Thursday.

Obama had been scheduled to travel to Los Angels on Monday, where he was slated to appear at the AFL-CIO convention. Instead, he will remain in Washington, where Congress is set to return next week. Votes on a resolution to approve a military strike against Syria in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack against its own people are soon expected on Capitol Hill. A Senate panel advanced a resolution out of committee on Wednesday.

Obama is currently attending the Group of 20 summit in St. Petersburg Russia, where he plans to call lawmakers back home while he pitches his case to world leaders.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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