Obama discusses influx of Syrian refugees with Jordan's king
Ed Henry reports from Amman
- Duration 3:03
- Date Mar 22, 2013
Ed Henry reports from Amman
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Jordan tonight Jordan is his latest stop on -- Middle East War that's being dominated by threats involving Iran and Syria.
Refugees from Syria are pouring into Jordan chief White House correspondent Ed Henry is traveling with the president and reports tonight from Amman.
With the sun setting on president Obama's first foreign trip of his second term.
It was a majestic arrival in Jordan for talks with a pivotal US ally and mideast peace.
Except this is a nation wracked by turmoil as King Abdullah has seen a flood of Syrian refugees stream across -- northern border and decimate the economy here.
The Arab Spring is behind us we -- and I'm looking now at Fiat summer.
For -- school which means that we will have to roll our sleeves is going to be a bumpy and difficult road.
Although for the second time on this trip the president expressed frustration when a reporter suggested.
The US is not doing enough on Syria the United States.
And finds itself in a situation where.
If it goes in militarily -- -- criticized for going in militarily and if it doesn't -- and militarily than people say why are you doing something militarily.
The president has been prodded by a fellow Democrat senator Carl Levin.
Was called for more active approach to taking -- president Bashar Al Assad -- from instituting a no fly zone to surgical airstrikes.
It's tragic it's hard work.
And the sight of children and women.
That we've seen so much.
I think -- compel all of us to say what more can we do.
King Abdullah is also under pressure since one refugee camp alone is now the fifth largest city in Jordan.
There's also fear extremists will spread chemical weapons from Syria to Jordan and even Israel.
Yet Abdullah has resisted any foreign military intervention and today visibly winced as a reporter asked if you would provide asylum to -- side.
Giving a surprising answer for a wealthy monarch that's a question of sudden and -- my pay grade -- the stage.
What the president did -- -- 200 million more dollars in US taxpayer assistance to Jordan for refugees and he scored a diplomatic victory by getting Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
To patch things up by phone with his Turkish counterpart after a bitter spat that could have hindered US effort to get Turkey's help on Syria.
The president also visited the church of the nativity in Bethlehem.
They continued his outreach to the Israeli people but visiting the grave a slain prime minister Yitzhak -- Although a stop at the Yad Vashem holocaust museum in Jerusalem may have provided a chilling reminder for the president about the difficult decision to head on Syria.
We see how people can for a moment in time triumph when good people do nothing.
Abetted the crime unique in human history.
The president -- meanwhile vowed today that he will purge Syria of all extremist forces -- he's only digging in.
Janet Ed Henry live traveling with the president thank you and.