Tue, May 16, 2017: Trump calls Jordan’s King Abdullah II ahead of Mideast trip

President Trump spoke Tuesday night with King Abdullah II of Jordan, as he works to strengthen relationships with leaders of Muslim countries ahead of his visit this week to the Middle East.

In the phone call, Mr. Trump and King Abdullah reaffirmed the importance of cooperation between their countries, the effort to end the civil war in Syria and the shared fight against the Islamic State, said the White House.

The discussion mirrored the message Mr. Trump will take Friday to Saudi Arabia, where he’ll meet with a group of leaders from Muslim countries and urge them to take a larger role in confronting radical Islamic terrorism.

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