Dr. Ben Carson plans to burnish his foreign policy credentials by visiting Friday with Syrian refugees in Jordan, The New York Times reported.
“I want to hear some of their stories, I want to hear from some of the
officials what their perspective is,” the Republican presidential candidate told the newspaper in a Thursday interview. “All of that is extraordinarily useful in terms of formulating an opinion of how to actually solve the problem.”
Carson is expected to make a surprise visit to a clinic and a hospital, among other locales, at the Azraq refugee camp in northern Jordan, according to the Times.
The retired neurosurgeon previously took some heat for comparing some Syrian refugees to “rabid dogs.” Carson opposes allowing the refugees into the U.S. without a strengthened vetting process that would weed out potential terrorists.
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