From NBC's Mark Murray
During last year's presidential campaign, Barack Obama's decision not to visit the military medical facility at Landstuhl in Germany became a point of controversy, with the McCain campaign and Republicans arguing that Obama didn't want to visit the troops there. Indeed, the McCain camp aired a TV ad saying that Obama "made time to go to the gym, but canceled a visit with wounded troops."
At the time, the Obama campaign responded that, because his European travel was a campaign trip, the Pentagon wouldn't permit him to visit the facility -- although the Pentagon said he could have visited the troops while in his capacity as a U.S. senator, but without his campaign military advisers. The campaign also pointed out that Obama visited troops while in Kuwait and Iraq.
Well, per the White House, President Obama is going to visit Landstuhl on June 5 when he goes abroad next week.
Here's the press release:
The President will visit wounded warriors and their families at Landstuhl Regional Medical Facility in Germany on June 5, 2009. Landstuhl supports our service men and women stationed in Europe, and serves a leading and vital role in the care and recovery of personnel medically evacuated from Afghanistan, Iraq, and other forward-deployed posts within the U.S. European Command, Central Command and Africa Command areas of responsibility.