Apr 4, 2017
The Egyptian general, turned political leader has been isolated for the last few years after his somewhat aggressive suppression of Egypt’s radical Muslim faction, including the Muslim Brotherhood. But on Monday, he found common ground with president Trump who felt that his commitment to fighting terror outweighed the negatives of political suppression.
Trump praised el-Sisi saying, “He’s done a fantastic job in a very difficult situation. We are very much behind Egypt and the people of Egypt. The United States has, believe me, backing, and we have strong backing.”
While Obama refused to meet with the Egyptian strongman and publicly condemned his suppression of the Muslim Brotherhood, military aid continued to flow to Egypt in 2015. This followed a similar pattern of publicly condemning oppression but militarily supporting the oppressive regimes of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Qatar.