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WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump denies an Associated Press report that he planned to visit the majority-Muslim kingdom of Jordan at the end of December.
The AP report and Trump's denial come one day after his controversial proposal to temporarily ban all Muslims from entering the United States to protect the nation from Islamic terrorism.
Trump tweeted today -- Despite my great respect for King Abdullah II, I will not be visiting Jordan at this time. This is in response to the false @AP report.
Trump has said he plans to visit Israel. A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, had told the AP that the U.S. government was making preparations for Trump to also visit Jordan at the campaign's request. Trump has Secret Service protection for his safety.
Another U.S. official, also speaking on condition of anonymity, told the AP that Trump's campaign had contacted the U.S. embassy in Amman about the trip, and the State Department was discussing how to facilitate Trump's visit as recently as this afternoon.
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