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Obama to make midnight refueling stop on Guam

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by Mindy Aguon

Guam - On the heels of announcing that the Asia-Pacific region is a "top priority" of U.S. security policy, President Barack Obama will only be making a brief refueling stop on Guam on his way back to the U.S. mainland. While the White House and Andersen Air Force Base won't make any official statement, KUAM News has confirmed with sources that President  Obama will spend approximately two hours on Guam on Saturday night. 

The president, who is currently in Bali attending the Summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, is scheduled to arrive on Air Force One at Andersen Air Force Base around 11:30 Saturday night and depart Guam around 1:30 Sunday morning.  It is unclear whether he will meet with Governor Eddie Calvo or any other local or military leaders. 

Earlier this week, Obama told the Australian parliament that "the United States is a Pacific power and we are here to stay."  The statement was made when Obama announced that the U.S. Marines will be stationed at a base in Darwin permanently beginning in 2016. Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo extended an invitation for Obama to visit Guam, but her office has not received a response as the White House must deal with scheduling and logistical matters before confirming a visit. 

The White House has yet to confirm the president's visit to Guam.  Press office staff instead saying the White House will make the president's itinerary known at a later time. 

His visit comes just days after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stopped on Guam for a refueling stop on her way to Manila. Clinton did not meet with any local dignitaries and spent about one hour on the ground. The State Department has not said if Clinton will stop by Guam on her way back to the mainland after her visit to the Philippines and Thailand.

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