(April 4) US President Donald Trump has moved to reboot or reset U.S. relations with Egyptian President Abdel el-SIsi. Trump gave el-Sisi his firm backing and vowed to work with him to fight Islamist militants.
|Relations were somewhat strained while Obama was in power as he was critical of el-Sisi's violent crackdown on former elected-president Morsi's supporters and the Muslim brotherhood as discussed in a recent Digital Journal article. A motherhood statement after the meeting claimed the two leaders agreed on advancing peace in the Middle East, including Libya, Syria and Yemen. They both expressed interest in supporting Israel and the Palestinians in moving towards peace. Trump said: "I just want to let everybody know in case there was any doubt that we are very much behind President Sisi. He’s done a fantastic job in a very difficult situation." However, the human rights situation is terrible, the economy is in shambles and Sisi faces a violent insurgency in the Sinai. Thousands of political prisoners languish in jail.|