(WIBW) - President Barack Obama will not visit the University of Kansas Friday as previously announced.
In a news release issued Tuesday afternoon, the White House did not give a specific reason for the change. However, they same release said the President will be in Boston Thursday morning, where he will speak at an interfaith service for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.
Three people were killed and more than 170 others were injured in a pair of explosions Monday near the race's finish line.
No details had been released on the President's planned KU trip,
including the reason for the trip.
Kansas Democratic Party Chair Joan Wagnon says the decision is understood.
"While the President is always welcome in Kansas, we understand that his leadership is needed in Boston during this time of healing," Wagnon said in a statement released Tuesday afternoon.
KDP Chair Responds To Cancellation Of President's KU Visit
TOPEKA - In light of the tragedy at the Boston Marathon, this afternoon the White House announced that President Barack Obama's April 19 event at the University of Kansas has been canceled.
"First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of yesterday's senseless tragedy," Joan Wagnon, Kansas Democratic Party Chair said. "While the President is always welcome in Kansas, we understand that his leadership is needed in Boston during this time of healing."