Dalai Lama to visit Obama at the White House

The Dalai Lama gestures a peace symbol as he is introduced during the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC, February 5, 2015. SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is meeting with the Dalai Lama at the White House on Wednesday.

Obama had been scheduled to travel to Wisconsin to appear at a campaign event with presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. But the event was postponed after Sunday’s shooting at an Orlando, Florida, nightclub that left 50 people dead, including the gunman.

That created a hole in Obama’s schedule, and the White House filled it with the Tibetan spiritual leader.

China accuses the Dalai Lama of pushing for Tibetan independence.

The White House has barred news media coverage of the meeting, which is likely to offend China.

The meeting will be held in the Map Room instead of the Oval Office, which is reserved for visiting heads of state.