Barack Obama to visit Dallas early next week

President Barack Obama talks with France's President Francois Hollande right as they participates in a NATO family

Barack Obama to visit Dallas early next week

President Obama will visit Dallas next week following the shooting that left five police officers dead, the White House said in a statement Friday.

He is trimming a visit to Seville off his travel itinerary to arrive back in Washington Sunday night. "On Saturday, the President will depart for Madrid, Spain, where he will spend the night".

The president spoke with Rawlings early Friday morning from the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit Poland, while the incident was still ongoing. "[.] I ask all Americans to say a prayer for these officers and their families, keep them in our thoughts, and, as a nation, let's do not forget to express our gratitude to our men and women in blue - not just today, but every day". "We stand united with the people and the police department in Dallas", said President Obama in his speech.

The sniper attack took place near the end of a demonstration and march in Dallas protesting the recent police shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota.

The president's message was delivered at long distance as he traveled overseas for talks with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and European Union leaders. His trip this weekend could possibly be his final to Europe as US president.

President Obama is now in Poland for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, but will return to Washington on Sunday night - cutting short his European stay by a day. Obama is now in Poland for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit and travels to Spain on Saturday for the first official visit by an American president to the country in 15 years.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings invited the president to make the visit.

The White House has been loath to upend the president's plans in response to outbursts of violence.

British Prime Minister David Cameron arrives for sessions of the second day of the NATO Summit in Warsaw Poland Saturday
Barack Obama to visit Dallas early next week

It was unclear which day President Obama will come to Dallas. The president awoke hours later to news of the deadly shooting in Dallas targeting law enforcement.

"There is no possible justification for these kinds of attacks or any violence against law enforcement", Obama said.

Mr. Obama argued there's no contradiction between supporting law enforcement and working to see that biases in the justice system are rooted out.

But he also seemed attuned to the potential for backlash directed at police.

"So when people say 'Black Lives Matter, ' that doesn't mean blue lives don't matter", he said, referring to police. He reiterated that message Friday morning.

"Today is a wrenching reminder of the sacrifices that they make for us", Mr. Obama said. They are heartbroken. The entire city of Dallas is grieving.

"Police across America, which is a tight-knit family, feel this loss to their core", Obama said.

Obama ordered flags flown at half-staff until Tuesday as a mark of respect for the victims in the shooting. He offered his condolences and federal support to the local officials, the White House said.

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