After calling Syrian refugees “rapid dogs” last week, GOP candidate Dr. Ben Carson met with Syrians taking refuge in Jordan. While meeting refugees he called on the U.S. to do more to help them but stop short of supporting U.S allowing the refugees to enter the country.
It what appears to an attempt to highlight his foreign policy expertise and experience after facing criticism regarding their existence, GOP candidate Dr. Ben Carson travelled to the a camp in Jordan where Syrians are taking refuge and said he also met with government officials, humanitarian workers and medical personnel.
Members of the media were not asked to join the leading contender for the GOP nomination to travel with him.
The Carson campaign provided a statement and images from the trip on campaign website. Images of the retired neurosurgeon meeting with Syrians taking refuge, including one where he was with a small baby while the baby slept.
Carson, in the statement, praised Jordan for its efforts to shelter the refugees and called on the world to assist, saying Jordan has limited capacity and resources available in the country and needs the help.
But Carson followed that statement with almost a contraction: “the United States must do more” but “Bringing 25,000 refugees to the United States does nothing to solve this crisis.”
The statement was then changed later the same day, whiteout providing a reason, to say “We can do our part to help this crisis without bringing 10-25,000 refugees to the United States. Jordan already houses 1.4 million refugees. Jordan needs and deserves our logistical help and financial support.”
It is not clear where Carson came up with the number nor what he meant by it.
President Obama has been criticized by conservative republicans for allowing 10k Syrian refugees to enter the U.S. Canada has pledge to accept 25k refugees. Multiple governors in the U.S. have threaten to take action top prevent Syrian refugees from entering their states after the president refused to heed their call to ban refugees from entering the country. The move by the governors is considered purely political, as there doesn’t seem to be a practical nor legal method for state governments to establish and enforce restrictions on entrancing their state.