Obama cancels Los Angeles trip to focus on Syria

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President Barack Obama arrives for an official welcome of G20 heads of state and government, heads of invited states and international organizations at the G20 summit on September 5, 2013 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The White House says President Barack Obama has canceled a trip to Los Angeles to focus on his administration's response to chemical weapons use in Syria.

Obama had been scheduled to visit L.A. next week. The White House said Thursday that Obama will stay in Washington to work on a resolution Congress is considering to authorize a military strike in Syria.

The trip was scheduled to include a high-priced dinner at the home of "Friends" co-creater Marta Kauffman.

An email from the Democratic National Committee to the scheduled attendees of the dinner was released by the Hollywood Reporter:

We regret to inform you that the September 9th reception with President Obama at the home of Marta Kauffman and Michael Skloff has been postponed. We will keep you updated with a new reception date in the near future and would like to encourage you to attend the rescheduled date for what is still sure to be a great event. A refund is also available for those that do not wish to attend a rescheduled date. We would like to thank you again for your support of the DNC. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions. 

Obama has been pressing skeptical lawmakers by phone while traveling this week in Sweden and Russia. His top officials also are lobbying Congress to vote yes.

Obama is asking Congress to authorize a strike in response to a chemical attack the U.S. says the Syrian government carried out. A Senate panel has approved a resolution, but a significant number of senators remain unconvinced and opposition is growing in the House.

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