President Barack Obama will cut his trip to India short to travel to Saudi Arabia Tuesday to pay his respects to the family of the late King Abdullah, the White House said Saturday.
Just before Obama left Washington for New Delhi, the White House announced that he will no longer travel to the Taj Mahal on Tuesday. Instead, he will stop in Riyadh on his way home.
Funeral services were held Friday for King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud. But world leaders are traveling to Saudi Arabia now to offer condolences for Abdullah's death and pay their respects to the new ruler.
Vice President Joe Biden was scheduled to have led a delegation to Saudi Arabia on Obama's behalf. He will now remain in Washington.