NEW ROCHELLE — President Barack Obama is interrupting a weekend trip to return to the White House.
The White House says Obama has changed his plans for Friday and will return to Washington late in the evening after fundraisers in Rhode Island and New York. He had planned to spend the night in New York. Presidential aides say the change in plans was not related to any current events and was the president’s personal choice.
Obama will spend Saturday morning in Washington, then return to New York later in the day for the wedding of his personal chef Sam Kass and MSNBC host Alex Wagner.
The trips come as Obama considers how to respond to the Islamic State terrorist threat and Russia’s apparent invasion of Ukraine.
Obama headlines three events on Friday. Two are just north of New York City in Westchester County, and the third is in Newport, Rhode Island.
The New York fundraisers In New Rochelle and Purchase will benefit the Democratic National Committee, which is still paying off debt from 2012. As far as traffic concerns POTUS is scheduled to be wheels up before dinner leaving behind after noon of road and Westchester Airport closures including Route1/ Main Steet In New Rochelle for starters on a busy Labor Day weekend.
In Rhode Island, Obama also addresses a fundraiser benefiting the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which works to elect Democrats to the House. President Obama is expected to be joined at the Rhode Island event by House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.