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LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Saying he wanted to remain in Washington, D.C., to focus on a congressional resolution on Syria, President Barack Obama today canceled a planned trip to Los Angeles scheduled for next week.

Obama had been scheduled to attend Democratic National Committee fundraiser and speak at the AFL-CIO convention in downtown Los Angeles.

The fundraiser had been billed as a roundtable discussion with the president, with participants spending $32,400 to attend.

The AFL-CIO national convention will begin Sunday and continue through Wednesday at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Obama was scheduled to speak at the event Monday.