According to Politico, GOP presidential candidate, Ben Carson has canceled his planned trip to Israel and several countries in Africa citing security concerns. The trip to Israel was supposed to take a week from Thursday,17th December and those to Africa were for much later in the Month.
His spokesman, Doug Watts, alluded to “significant security concerns” as prompts for the cancellation of the visits. The African countries planned for were Zambia, Nigeria and Kenya.
The trips were planned to boost Carson’s foreign policies credentials
Carson, who admitted to not being well-rounded in foreign policies has been polling poorly of recent. He made a trip to the Syrian refugee camp in Jordan in late November, in a bid to salvage his campaign.
Before the last GOP debate, the retired neurosurgeon had said the questions would be a “slam dunk.” In the debate itself, Carson often made comparisons to his experience as a pediatric neurosurgeon in a bid to drive home his points.
Carson claimed to be understand the job requirements of the president
When asked tricky questions about whether he could order air strikes or wage 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.”