Obama to be the first sitting U.S. President to visit Hiroshima

The President will make historic visit to Hiroshima, Japan after the conclusion of the G-7 Summit at the end of May.

Because of the intense interest from both sides of the pacific in the possibility of him visiting Hiroshima, White House Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting, Ben Rhodes released a medium post Tuesday about the purpose of the President’s visit.

He said that the city’s role in hosting the G-7 Ministerial in April and the recent travel to Hiroshima by Secretary of State John Kerry and the US Ambassador Caroline Kennedy led the way to the President’s visit as well. They believed it was an appropriate time for him to visit the city.

In the post, Rhodes said rather than apologizing for what has happened in the past and the U.S. bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II, the President’s goal is to show that they should be looking into the future and realize their common goal of a planet without nuclear weapons.

The trip will also symbolize how far the relationship between Japan and the United States have come in building an alliance based on shared values, mutual interest and friendship between the American and the Japanese people, according to the release.

Obama will travel to Japan and Vietnam later in May, and on May 27 he will be the first sitting president to travel to Hiroshima.