Jordanian king looks to calm Mideast ‘panic’ over Trump

Jordan’s King Abdullah II says Donald Trump’s election won’t lead to overly dramatic changes in US policy toward the Middle East.

Abdullah makes the comments in an interview with Australian television journalist Tony Jones, who asks him, “Could Donald Trump’s presidency be a game-changer in the Middle East?”

“It will definitely I think change the status quo of a lot of issues that I think we’ve been dealing with,” acknowledges Abdullah, but adds, “I know many members of the transitional team, and, obviously, America is also built on institutions, so there will be some changes in policy, but I don’t think to the extent that everybody’s panicking about, so let’s give them the benefit of the doubt at this stage.”

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