Who makes more money than a king?
Today in Jordan, standing with the $400,000-a-year president of the United States, King Abdullah II said that the question of potential asylum for the besieged Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is beyond his pay grade.
At news conference with Pres Obama, Jordan’sKing Abdullah says issue of asylum for Pres Assad “beyond my pay grade.”
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) March 22, 2013
Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman reports that Abdullah, at a news conference with President Barack Obama in Amman, said Jordan has absorbed 460,000 refugees fleeing the civil war in Syria and that number may double by the end of the year.
Jordan “just can’t turn our back” on children and the wounded trying to escape fighting between Bashar al-Assad’s regime and the opposition, the king said. “Refugees will continue to come through and we will continue within our means to look after them the best we can.”
As for Assad, however, the king was deferring to a higher authority, as CBS’s Mark Knoller noted. This, from the 41st-generation direct descendant of the Prophet Mohammad and monarch since 1999.
We know what Obama is paid. The official Web-site of Jordan’s king, however, has plenty to say about the “royal vision,” his initiatives and speeches. But there’s no pay stub there.