Report: Trump pushed out US envoy to Jordan at king's request

Amman was further displeased by Wells' handling of a crisis over a Jordanian pilot who was abducted by Islamic State after his plane went down in Syria.

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August 31, 2017 19:10
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U.S. Ambassador to Jordan Alice G. Wells welcomes Secretary of State John Kerry to Amman, Jordan.

U.S. Ambassador to Jordan Alice G. Wells welcomes Secretary of State John Kerry to Amman, Jordan.. (photo credit: STATE DEPARTMENT PHOTO)

 
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WASHINGTON -- A career US diplomat who served as ambassador to Jordan under the Obama administration was pushed out of her role by President Donald Trump shortly after he took office, allegedly at the request of the nation's king, Abdullah II, a US magazine reported on Wednesday.

The article, published in Foreign Policy, claims that Alice Wells had a tense relationship with Abdullah throughout the final stages of Obama's nuclear talks with Iran. The king opposed the resulting deal in private, fearing it would embolden the Shi'ite power already deeply involved in the Syrian civil war spilling over Jordan's northern border.

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Amman was further displeased by Wells' handling of a crisis over a Jordanian pilot who was abducted by Islamic State after his plane went down in Syria. "There was a feeling, on his part, that the US didn’t play the role it could have with search and rescue” for the pilot, a former senior US official told FP.

Foreign governments rarely request the replacement of an ambassador representing an ally. The report notes that Wells was due to transition out this summer, but instead left her post in March.

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