Jordan, one of America’s partners in the fight against the Islamic State, is reaching out to China to acquire armed drones — at least according to Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif. “I am now aware that China is presently in Jordan to discuss operations, logistics and maintenance associated with the urgent sale of weaponized unmanned systems,” Duncan wrote to President Barack Obama in a letter dated May 14.

The letter urges the president to give “serious consideration to allowing Jordan to immediately utilize existing MQ-1 [Predator UAV] or alternate assets as their requests for specific military assistance are further weighed. I am confident that we can curtail Jordan’s interest in Chinese assets by taking immediate action.”

A congressional staffer familiar with the matter said Hunter learned about the Chinese visit from “very high placed” sources in Jordan. The staffer declined to go into further detail. […]