President Obama and first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle ObamaReport: Bush called Trump's inauguration speech 'some weird s--t' Obama to travel to South Pacific island to work on memoir: report Obama and Trump haven’t talked since inauguration MORE will attend a memorial service Thursday at Baylor University for the victims of the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas.
“The President and first lady will travel to Baylor University in Waco, Texas, to attend the memorial service for those lost and injured in the deadly explosion at the fertilizer plant,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said.
West, Texas, was devastated last week when a fertilizer plant caught fire and exploded. The blast killed 14, injured hundreds more and left large sections of the small town leveled.
Sen. John CornynJohn CornynTexas Dem targets Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018 Senate Dems: Border wall is a budget 'poison pill' Senate braces for fallout over Supreme Court fight MORE (R-Texas) had told PJ Media that it was "doubtful" that Obama would visit the town ahead of the White House announcement.
On Friday, Obama signed an emergency declaration authorizing federal disaster relief for the town. In his address to the nation Friday night following the capture of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect, Obama told the citizens of West "that they are not forgotten," pledging "the resources that they need to recover and rebuild."