Obama interrupting weekend trip to return to White House after Democratic fundraisers

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President Barack Obama smiles in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, where he spoke about the economy, Iraq, and Ukraine, before convening a meeting with his national security team on the militant threat in Syria and Iraq. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)


WASHINGTON — 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 will benefit the Democratic National Committee, which is still paying off debt from 2012.

In Rhode Island, Obama addresses a fundraiser benefiting the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which works to elect Democrats to the House.

Obama is expected to be joined at the Rhode Island event by House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.

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