WATCH LIVE: Obama to Memorialize Police Officers Killed in Dallas Sniper Attack
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President Obama is set to travel to Dallas today to comfort a community reeling from last week’s sniper attack that killed five police officers.
This will be the eleventh time President Obama has traveled to a community in the wake of a mass shooting. His visit also comes as racial tension across the country is mounting following the deaths of two black men at the hands of police, in Minneapolis and Baton Rouge.
The president, who cut short a trip to Europe after the sniper attack, is expected to deliver a highly personal and emotional speech at a memorial service for the five slain police officers at the Morton Meyerson Symphony Center.
He is also expected to meet privately with the families of the fallen officers and those who were injured in the attack.
Additionally, President George W. Bush is scheduled to deliver brief remarks at the service. The president will also be accompanied by First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Dr. Jill Biden, and First Lady Laura Bush.
President Obama invited House Speaker Paul Ryan to fly on Air Force One to attend the service, but the Republican leader was unable to attend, AshLee Strong, a spokesperson for Ryan said.