According to Press secretary Josh Earnest, the crises erupting in various places around the world are not yet dire enough for President Obama to trouble himself with changing his fundraising plans, including his three-day trip to the West Coast. The National Review,
“Earnest asserted that President Obama is tuned in to domestic and international affairs when he travels, and will be kept informed by his staff as well. He kept the door open to the possibility that the president would be willing to cut his trip short if need be.
“If it becomes clear that there’s a need for him to come back to the White House to fulfill those functions, then we’ll make a change in his schedule,” Earnest said. “Right now, it is not apparent that is the case.”
“What the president is focused on is his ability to do his job,” Earnest said, noting that the president made calls to various officials over the course of the day. “If there were a requirement for the president to change his schedule so that he could attend to this urgent priority and fulfill his responsibilities as commander-in-chief, we would have not hesitated to make this change.”
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