Obama to skip European summit

President Barack Obama will not be attending a Madrid summit that includes members of the EU and the U.S. in May.

BBC News reported that the president, who visited Europe six times in 2009, had no plans to attend according to White House officials.

U.S. National Security Council spokesman Mike Hammer said that the United States is "committed to a strong US-EU partnership and with Europe in general" according to BBC News.

Reasons for why the president is skipping are not clear at this time, but according to the New York Times, American officials felt the June summit in Prague was a waste of time and that the president didn't want to risk going to another summit with little substance.

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