Indonesia volcano may cut the president's trip short
November 9th, 2010
05:10 AM ET

Indonesia volcano may cut the president's trip short

JAKARTA, Indonesia (CNN) –The Indonesia volcano that threatened President Obama's visit is now "likely" to shorten an already brief stop to the capital city of Jakarta.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, who had earlier told reporters officials were closely monitoring the ash cloud from Mount Merapi, said forecasting shows air traffic might again be disrupted.
Gibbs said the president still hopes to deliver his speech at the University of Indonesia. "My sense is, our hope is that while we may have to truncate some of the morning we can get the speech in," Gibbs told reporters aboard Air Force One on the flight from New Delhi, India, to Jakarta.

Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications, said the speech, which will hit on key themes President Obama laid out in his Cairo Muslim address last year, remains a top priority. "We want to preserve as much of the schedule as we can," he said.

Two previous trips to Indonesia were canceled because President Obama had to deal with health care reform in March and the Gulf oil spill in June.

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