March 22nd, 2011
09:18 PM ET
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (CNN) - President Barack Obama is cutting his Latin America trip short by a few hours to tend to the ongoing situation in Libya.
The president was scheduled to depart San Salvador for Joint Base Andrews at 3:30pm eastern time on Wednesday afternoon after visiting San Salvador’s Metropolitan Cathedral to see the Tomb of Father Romero and touring the nearby Andres Mayan Ruins.
Instead, the White House moved the Cathedral visit to Tuesday evening, and canceled the tour of the ruins.
When addressing reporters in a joint press conference, Salvadoran President Mauricio Fuentes joked to President Obama, “Enjoy the few hours you are here.”
He added if Obama had stayed longer, he would have enjoyed the nation’s beaches, which he described as some of the “best in the region.”
President George W. Bush was criticized by many Salvadorans as well for only staying in the country for a few hours during his 2002 trip.