President Obama has canceled a visit to India’s famed Golden Temple following concerns that he would have to wear a headscarf that could make him look Muslim, according to several Indian news outlets.
Though the Golden Temple is a Sikh temple — and Sikhs are not Muslims — the Indian Express first reported that the visit was thrown into doubt following an impasse between Obama’s aides and temple authorities.
The president would have been expected to wear some kind of head cover, but the White House team ruled out a traditional headscarf. When Obama’s team proposed the U.S. president wear a “modified” baseball cap, temple officials said a baseball cap would not be permitted, according to the Indian Express.
A White House official would not confirm the president’s final itinerary to FoxNews.com, but said there wouldn’t be enough time for Obama to visit every site he wants during the three-day visit, part of a broader Asian trip.
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