US Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson has cancelled his trip to Africa and Israel which was set for the end of December citing security concerns.
In a statement Carson stated that he was forced to cancel the trip to Kenya, Zambia and Nigeria since he had been advised by the secret service over a number of concerns.
Carson’s campaign said the decision to cancel the trip was made Wednesday afternoon.
“We decided yesterday afternoon to cancel based on significant security concerns that we had to take seriously,” Communications Director Doug Watts announced. “We just made a decision based on pertinence.”
Watts said there were threats, but would not comment on the nature of them. He noted that the campaign did not “make this decision lightly.”
The retired paediatric neurosurgeon said he would have liked to see the Zambian twins, who he surgically separated after they were born conjoined.
Carson was planning to meet with heads of state and senior government officials throughout the trip.
The retired neurosurgeon said he was making the trip for a mix of personal and political reasons, noting that he likes to hear from people first hand to get a better grasp on foreign conflicts.
He also planned to visit the Banda twins in Zambia — conjoined twins he separated about 18 years ago.