US-WASHINGTON – Facing criticism for remaining in New England on vacation instead of visiting flood-ravaged Louisiana, President Barack Obama will travel to Baton Rouge “next week”.

The White House said Obama will make the trip on Tuesday, which will follow visits to the area by multiple members of his administration this week.

“While in Martha’s Vineyard, the President has received ‘updates’ on the situation in Louisiana, including from the DHS Secretary and the FEMA Administrator, who took separate trips there,” White House Director for Incident Management Integration Policy Sean Griffin wrote in a news release Friday. Together they have determined that the President will visit Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Tuesday.

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