Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson, criticized over his foreign policy acumen, is traveling to Jordan this week for research on the Syrian refugee issue, The New York Times is reporting.
“I find when you have firsthand knowledge of things as opposed to secondhand, it makes a much stronger impression,” Carson told the Times before his departure on late Thanksgiving Day.
Carson, who has committed some foreign policy gaffes during his campaign, has seen his poll numbers drop in the two weeks since the terrorist attacks in Paris elevated national security as an issue in the Republican presidential race.
Reports the Times:
In a surprise visit, he plans to go to the Azraq refugee camp in northern Jordan, where he will visit a clinic and a hospital. He is bringing soccer balls and Beanie Babies to distribute to children.
Mr. Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, was leading in some state and national polls before the Paris terror attacks, but his support has dropped with national security concerns looming larger in the Republican nominating race.