President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaAll five living former presidents to attend hurricane relief concert Overnight Health Care: Schumer calls for tying ObamaCare fix to children's health insurance | Puerto Rico's water woes worsen | Dems plead for nursing home residents' right to sue Interior moves to delay Obama’s methane leak rule MORE will travel to the Gulf region on Friday to assess efforts to stop a massive oil spill there, the White House announced Tuesday. 

Obama's trip comes amid growing criticism that the federal government has not done enough to halt the flow of oil from a leaking underground pipe.

The administration has defended its efforts and has pressured BP, the company that leased the rig that is the site of the spill, to plug the leak quickly.

The trip is Obama's second since the spill began last month. His first visit was on May 2, when he received a briefing from officials and visited with fishermen affected by the spill.

Obama is scheduled to spend the Memorial Day weekend in Chicago.

-- This post was updated at 3:22 p.m.