Obama, in Spain, Says Deeper Military Ties Needed

Obama, in Spain, Says Deeper Military Ties Needed

Obama, in Spain, Says Deeper Military Ties Needed

Obama, in his remarks, urged protesters to recognize that police officers do a hard job and to refrain from physical and verbal attacks.

King Felipe, who visited Obama in the White House past year with his wife Queen Letizia, said Spain was committed to the closest possible cooperation with the United States.

The White House on Monday stated that President Barack Obama would be joined by his predecessor George Bush alongwith Vice-President Joe Bidden in Dallas.

"Whenever those of us who are concerned about fairness in the criminal justice system attack police officers, you are doing a disservice to the cause", Obama said, as protests against police brutality continued around the country.

This is Obama's first presidential trip to Spain but he is cutting his trip short a day after the fatal shooting of five police officers in Dallas.

The killed officers were monitoring a protest that had erupted in response to recent incidents where white police officers killed two black men in two USA cities in the states of Minnesota and Louisiana.

Spain in large part was thrilled to welcome the first US president to visit in more than a decade.

The president traveled to Spain after attending a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Poland, but the sheer horror over the killings overshadowed most of his public appearances.

Obama, speaking in Madrid, said any violence against police was "a reprehensible crime and needs to be prosecuted".

President Barack Obama is touring the USS Ross.

"Maintaining a truthful and serious and respectful tone is going to help mobilize American society to bring about real change", Obama said.

"I wish I was staying longer", Obama said earlier Sunday prior to a meeting with King Felipe VI".

"It is in the interest of police officers that their communities trust them", Obama said. Obama met with King Felipe VI at the royal palace, where he reminisced about his last visit to Spain as a backpacking young college graduate contemplating law school.

The president later arrived at Rota Naval Station in southern Spain, where he was greeted by Spain's Acting Defense Minister Pedro Morenes.

Spain has been stuck in a near seven-month political stalemate since a national election in December stripped Rajoy of his majority and forced parties to negotiate, so far without success, about forming a coalition government.

"If we have to repeat the elections it would be a joke that would affect not only the Spanish economy but the credibility of our country both here and overseas", Rajoy told a news conference with Obama at his official residence. A visit to the base, including an event with troops, was Obama's final stop before he returns to Washington. He said Spain's food, culture and climate are "hard to resist".

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