During a meeting with President Trump on Sunday, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said that Trump has a “unique personality” and is “capable of the impossible.”
 
Sisi thanked Trump for the strategic relationship between the United States and Egypt and the U.S. and claimed that Egypt owes its security and stability to the U.S. When Sisi said Trump is a “unique personality who is capable of the impossible," Trump said to laughter, "I agree." Trump also said in response to Sisi’s invitation that he would soon visit Egypt.
 
They met for the first time in April. “He’s done a fantastic job in a very difficult situation,” Trump said then in reference to Sisi, who overthrew a government dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood. Sisi's government has been criticized for human rights abuses. In reference to a celebrated human rights case, Trump said on Sunday Americans “appreciated” the release last month of Aya Hijazi, an Egyptian-American aid worker who spent three years in a Cairo prison.
 
On Sunday, the White House released a statement saying that  Trump "emphasized his support for Egypt’s fight against terrorism and underscored the benefits of the longstanding military cooperation between the two countries" during the meeting with Sisi. “The President also encouraged deeper cooperation to address the root causes of terrorism and extremism and applauded President Al Sisi’s strong calls to reform ideologies that inspire violence,” the White House press secretary’s office added. “The United States and Egypt stand fully committed to addressing critical bilateral and international issues in a renewed spirit of mutual respect and open cooperation.”
 
In Riyadh, Trump delivered a speech in which he called upon the Muslim nations of the world to eliminate Muslim terrorists.

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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