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Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is traveling to Jordan Friday to meet with Syrian refugees, a source confirmed to the Washington Examiner.

Carson, who ranks fourth in the Washington Examiner's power rankings for the Republican presidential primary, placed first in the field according to some mid-November polling. However, subsequent polls have seen him decline to as low as fourth in the race. That has been attributed partly to the perception that he is not the strongest candidate on foreign policy, a weakness accentuated by the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris.

Carson told the New York Times on Thursday that he was planning to travel to the Azraq refugee camp in northern Jordan over the weekend. That could be seen as slightly ironic, considering the paper has given voice to critics seeking to diminish Carson's foreign policy credentials.

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