Since orchestrating a successful military coup against his predecessor, Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has been accused of perpetrating horrific human rights abuses against dissidents within his country. According to reports, at least 40,000 Egyptians have been detained in el-Sisi-led crackdowns, and more than 2,200 political opponents have purportedly been killed. The U.S. State Department has accused the el-Sisi regime of a long list of human rights abuses, including, among many others, forced “virginity tests” against female demonstrators.
What does Donald Trump think of el-Sisi? He thinks el-Sisi is “fantastic” and stands behind him 100%.
As reported by Politico: “President Donald Trump on Monday said the U.S. is ‘very much behind’ Egypt’s Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the controversial military ruler accused of human rights abuses and often described as a tyrant.”
“Trump praised Sisi and referenced their first meeting, during the 2016 presidential campaign, describing him as ‘somebody that’s been very close to me from the first time I met him.'”
Said Trump: “We agree on so many things. I just want to let everybody know, in case there was any doubt, that we are very much behind President el-Sisi. He’s done a fantastic job.”
Donald Trump’s affinity for brutal regimes and perpetrators of war crimes has been documented here and elsewhere, so perhaps Trump’s statements should not come as a great surprise. Still, they highlight in stark terms how very far the moral standing of the United States has fallen in the short period of time Trump has been in office.