Nightly News   |  March 22, 2013

Obama meets with ally Jordan

After visiting both Israel and the West Bank, President Obama met with King Abdullah of Jordan, a country facing some very turbulent times of its own, post Arab Spring. But there may be no stronger Arab ally to the U.S. and Israel than Jordan. NBC’s Chuck Todd reports.

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>>> this was an important date for president obama in the middle east after visiting both israel and the west bank . he met with king abdullah of jordan , a country facing some very turbulent times of its own post-arab spring. there may be no stronger arab ally to the united states than jordan . chuck todd has our report.

>> reporter: jordan 's welcome for the president featured camels and bagpipes. at king abdullah 's palace a greeting by the young crown prince, a freshman at georgetown. topping the agenda, the war next door in syria. refugees could soon account for 20% of jordan 's population.

>> so the americans in the audience have the equivalent of 30 million refugees crossing into the united states . the possibility of that going up to 60 million by the end of the year.

>> reporter: the president announced $200 million in aid but was press bed by a reporter.

>> the united states often finds itself in a situation where if it goes in militarily it is criticized and if it doesn't then people say, why aren't you doing something militarily?

>> reporter: before leaving israel today president obama did a little tarmac diplomacy arranging for a phone call between netanyahu and erduwon. nine turkish citizens were killed in 2010 .

>> it's in the interest of the united states that they begin this process of getting their relationship back in order.

>> reporter: this morning the president paid a visit to the holocaust memorial . and the church of the nativity in bethlehem, considered by christians to be the birthplace of jesus. powerful images in the region that may also resonate with americans back home. chuck todd , nbc news,