Carson cancels trip: Ben Carson Cancels Trip

Published: December 17, 2015

Carson cancels trip: Ben Carson Cancels Trip, Ben Carson on Thursday canceled his weeklong trip to Israel and several countries in Africa planned for later this month, citing security concerns.

The retired neurosurgeon’s spokesman Doug Watts pointed to “significant security concerns” that prompted the cancellation of the visits to Israel, Zambia, Nigeria and Kenya, originally planned for Dec. 27-Jan. 3, according to several media reports on Thursday, including The Associated Press and Reuters. Watts did not respond to POLITICO’s request for comment.

Carson visited a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan in late November in an attempt to bolster his foreign policy credentials, an area that even the candidate himself has admitted that he has not been as well-rounded.

Ahead of Tuesday night’s debate, Carson said the questions would be a “slam dunk.” In the debate itself, Carson often made comparisons to his experience as a pediatric neurosurgeon.

When asked a philosophical question about whether he could order airstrikes orwage war, knowing innocent children and civilians would be killed, for example, Carson responded: “Well, interestingly enough, you should see the eyes of some of those children when I say to them we’re going to have to open your head up and take out this tumor. They’re not happy about it, believe me. And they don’t like me very much at that point. But later on, they love me.”

He continued, “Ruthless is not necessarily the word I would use, but tough, resolute, understanding what the problems are, and understanding that the job of the president of the United States is to protect the people of this country and to do what is necessary in order to get it done.”

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