Obama arrives at Spain’s Royal Palace

President Barack Obama pauses as he makes a statement on the fatal police shootings of two black men in Louisiana and Minnesota after arriving in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, July 8, 2016. Obama traveled to Poland to attend the NATO summit and then will travel on to Spain. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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.

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