After meeting President Donald Trump on Sunday during Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi said Trump can do what no one else can accomplish.
“Mr. President, let me express our appreciation and respect,” Sisi said through a translator during a photo op. Sisi had met Trump in April when the Egyptian leader called on Trump at the White House.
“Let me say that you have a unique personality that is capable of doing the impossible,” Sis said.
“That’s very interesting … I agree,” Trump said.
Trump and Sisi’s friendship grows. Sisi says Trump can do the impossible; Trump compliments Sisi’s shoes https://t.co/kJJnNSPKo3
— Tamer El-Ghobashy (@TamerELG) May 21, 2017
Trump had earlier in the photo op been joking with Sisi:
“Love your shoes. Boy, those shoes. Man,” Trump said.
Trump/El-Sisi buddy comedy
Sisi: “You are a unique personality that is capable of doing the impossible!”
Trump: “I agree!”
— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) May 21, 2017
Trump’s comments irritated CNN White House reporter Jeremy Diamond, who sniped that the meeting was “a buddy comedy routine.”
Trump later said that he would be making a return trip to the Middle East, after Sisi urged him to visit Egypt.
“We will absolutely be putting that on the list very soon,” Trump said.
Trump called Sisi “my friend” and added, “We’ve really been through a lot together positively.”
Sisi also shared his high opinion of Trump in a meeting last week with Egyptian newspaper editors.
“I believe in him and his abilities to resolve conflict,” Sisi said.
“Trump is a great man who is not satisfied with anything but success, and we have confidence in his abilities and his promises,” Sisi said.
On Sunday, Trump addressed Muslim leaders in a call for regional unity to fight terrorism.
“America is committed to adjusting our strategies to meet evolving threats and new facts,” Trump said, telling leaders America sought “partners, not perfection.”
“We will discard those strategies that have not worked — and will apply new approaches informed by experience and judgment. We are adopting a principled realism, rooted in common values and shared interests,” he said.
Trump made a commitment to getting results by whatever means would work.
“Our friends will never question our support, and our enemies will never doubt our determination. Our partnerships will advance security through stability, not through radical disruption. We will make decisions based on real-world outcomes – not inflexible ideology. We will be guided by the lessons of experience, not the confines of rigid thinking. And, wherever possible, we will seek gradual reforms – not sudden intervention,” he said.
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