Trump Meets Jordan's King Abdullah, Praises Him for Taking in Refugees

The two leaders, who met on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, also discussed the fight on ISIS, with Abdullah pledging to back the U.S. effort

President Donald Trump meets with Jordan's King Abdullah II at the Palace Hotel during the United Nations General Assembly, Sept. 20, 2017, in New York.
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U.S. President Donald Trump met Jordan's King Abdullah II in New York on Wednesday and praised his country for taking in Syrian refugees.

"Who knows what would have happened without you," Trump told Abdullah in a meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

In his first address to the General Assembly a day earlier, Trump had stressed that refugees are best aided in their own regions rather than being resettled elsewhere. Trump said that for the cost of resettling one refugee in the U.S., Washington could assist 10 closer to home.

There are some 738,000 refugees living in Jordan, with the vast majority hailing from Syria, according to UN figures.

The leaders also discussed the fight against Islamic State and other terrorist groups, with Abdullah pledging to back the U.S. effort.

"Terrorism is a scourge around the world, but Jordan will always stand beside you and your country," Abdullah told Trump.