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Obama to visit Louisiana coast on Friday

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Visit will be the president's second to the region since the April 20 oil rig disaster
  • White House: He will "assess the latest efforts to counter the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill"
  • He will travel to Louisiana from Chicago, Illinois

Washington (CNN) -- President Barack Obama will travel to the Gulf Coast on Friday to review oil spill response efforts, the White House announced Tuesday.

A White House statement said Obama will go to the Louisiana Gulf Coast "to assess the latest efforts to counter the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill."

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Obama will travel to Louisiana from Chicago, Illinois, where the first family will be spending the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

The trip will be Obama's second to the area since the April 20 oil rig explosion and fire set off the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Obama first went there on May 2, when he toured the disaster area by helicopter and met with top regional officials and local fishermen affected by the spill.

Criticism of the response to the oil spill has increased as oil continues to gush from the underwater well despite several failed efforts to stop it by oil giant BP.

CNN's Dan Lothian and Shawna Shepherd contributed to this report.