Donald Trump denies plans to visit Jordan

The AP report and Trump's denial came one day after his controversial proposal to temporarily ban all Muslims from entering the United States amid concerns about violent extremism.

By: AP | Washington | Published: December 9, 2015 8:05 am
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump points into the crowd as he heads off stage after speaking at town hall meeting at the Atkinson Country Club in Atkinson, New Hampshire, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015. (AP Photo) Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump points into the crowd as he heads off stage after speaking at town hall meeting at the Atkinson Country Club in Atkinson, New Hampshire, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015. (AP Photo)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Tuesday denied an Associated Press report that he planned to visit the majority-Muslim kingdom of Jordan at the end of December.

The AP report and Trump’s denial came one day after his controversial proposal to temporarily ban all Muslims from entering the United States amid concerns about violent extremism.

Trump tweeted Tuesday, “Despite my great respect for King Abdullah II, I will not be visiting Jordan at this time. This is in response to the false (at)AP report.”

Trump has said he plans to visit Israel. A US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, had told the AP that the US government was making preparations for Trump to also visit Jordan at the campaign’s request. The official was not authorized to publicly discuss the preparations due to security concerns. Trump has Secret Service protection for his safety.

Trump was widely criticized over his proposal this week to prevent all Muslims from visiting the US, although he clarified his idea Tuesday to say that he would allow foreign Muslim leaders to visit.

Jordan is among the United States’ staunchest allies in the Persian Gulf region, and its military has regularly flown bombing missions against the Islamic State group.

Trump’s Republican rival, Ben Carson, visited two camps for Syrian refugees in the Jordanian desert two weeks ago with no media coverage. Carson afterward praised Jordan for its generosity toward the refugees but said none should be brought to the United States.

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  1. I
    Indian
    Dec 9, 2015 at 3:02 am
    Mr. Donald trump do not play trumpet !!!! you had made the world as war field for Ur benefits neither you found weapon of m destruction in Iraq or neither u found osama laden in Afghanistan the name of democracy you had destro the Iraq for only oil and its gold Syria become political victim and you destro life of millions of millions people now u bark and try to catch your own tail. you give funding to the country where u got osama laden and head quarter of terrorism.
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