Republican Presidential Candidate Ben Carson Travels to Jordan After Foreign Policy Criticism

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Article by Brianna Panasiuk | esPResso Committee Member

According to ABC News, presidential candidate Ben Carson is the first of the 2016 GOP candidates to visit a camp since the Syrian refugee crisis began earlier this year. However, Carson’s motives for the visit are questioned due to recent criticism for his lack of foreign policy experience.

One of the candidate’s campaign officials was quoted saying the trip is a “fact finding and information gathering mission.” The official also said Carson wants to meet with people of Jordan in order to have a better understanding of the crisis and the foreign policy of the region.

On the night of Nov. 27, Carson left for Jordan returned on Sunday the 29th. Carson’s social media accounts did not comment on his trip, but according to his campaign officials, photos from the trip were to be released on Sunday.

Even though Carson’s trip appears to be avoiding media attention, it does not seem to be a coincidence seeing as it happened soon after he was questioned on his foreign policy experience. Recently, Carson has been caught making controversial remarks about refugees.

Carson has been criticized in the past for his comparison of the need to screen refugees to protecting a child from a rabid dog. When ABC asked Carson whether Christian organizations should help the refugees, Carson responded by saying, “For instance, if there’s a rabid dog running around the neighborhood, you’re probably not going to assume something good about that dog and you’re going to want to put your children away.”

Not much official information has come out of Carson’s trip to Jordan, yet he has stood by his belief that Syrian refugees deserved compassion and an effort to aid them should be in place; however, this is not the responsibility of the United States.

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