MADRID (AP) – President Barack Obama has arrived at Spain’s Royal Palace to meet with King Felipe VI.
After a brief welcome ceremony, Obama and the king greeted each other’s delegations under gold and crystal chandeliers and the soaring archways of a palace reception room.
The king thanked Obama for visiting under the circumstances in the U.S.
Obama said it had been a “difficult week” but said the visit was important because of Spain’s strong partnership with the U.S.
He said he wished he was staying longer.
Obama cut a two-day visit to one day to return to Washington after the police shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota and a sniper attack on five police officers in Dallas.