President Trump got along just fine with Egypt’s president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, in their White House meeting. No surprise there–both are fighting ISIS, and Trump isn’t concerned with el-Sisi’s human rights abuses. I talked about the meeting a few minutes ago with host P.J. Maloney on KQV News Radio in Pittsburgh.
There’s no doubt that el-Sisi’s human rights record is abysmal, but I maintain here that the West shouldn’t be putting so much emphasis on that aspect. Egypt is far from caring about human rights–first it needs to keep its people from starving. Only a military dictator like el-Sisi can take the radically painful steps to right Egypt’s economy, and he’s trying to do that. So I believe the West needs to back off and let him do whatever he needs to do to stabilize his government and concentrate on the economy, even if it means that thousands of Muslim Brotherhood activists remain in prison.
So for different reasons, I find myself agreeing with Trump. That’s gotta hurt.