President Obama to Visit Troubled Jordan King Abdullah

After leaving Israel and visiting the West Bank, President Obama flew to Jordan to visit its embattled leader Jordan’s King Abdullah II  Jordan now suffers from a bad economy and allegations of corruption by public officials have stoked dissatisfaction with Abdullah.

Jordan currently shelters more Syrian refugees than any other country — more than 300,000, according to the United Nations.

In November, crowds called for Abdullah’s downfall because of rising gasoline prices. More recently, comments attributed to Abdullah in the The Atlantic caused further anger toward the king, who was quoted as calling the opposition Muslim Brotherhood a “Masonic cult” and referring to tribal elders in his country as “old dinosaurs.”

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