Obama said Tuesday: “It was a mistake, as was stated … and it will not happen again.”
Obama commented after reporters asked about the flight as he prepared to meet with FBI Director Robert Mueller at agency headquarters.
On Monday, one of the Boeing 747s used by Obama and an F-16 jet circled the Statue of Liberty at the start of the work day, startling workers in lower Manhattan who feared a nightmarish replay of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The flight was carried out by the Defense Department. The director of the White House military office apologized for the incident.