Trump loves his dictators, so he’s probably going to be pretty upset when he finds out that the president of Egypt is not one. Trump left everyone flabbergasted Friday during a meeting with the foreign leader in which he shouted from across a room full of people, “where is my favorite dictator?!”
We all know that Trump’s favorite dictator is Putin with Kim Jong un coming in a close second, so he was really just telling the Egyptian president what he thought he wanted to hear.
Boy was he wrong.
Wall Street Journal reported that:
“Inside a room of the ornately decorated Hotel du Palais during last month’s Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, President Trump awaited a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi.”
That’s when things got weird, according to the paper:
“Mr. Trump looked over a gathering of American and Egyptian officials and called out in a loud voice: ‘Where’s my favorite dictator?’ Several people who were in the room at the time said they heard the question.”
Trump continually puts his tiny feet in his mouth, and today was no different. Can you imagine how uncomfortable it was to be in that room?
“Even if lighthearted, Mr. Trump’s quip drew attention to an uncomfortable facet of the U.S.-Egypt relationship. Mr. Sisi has drawn criticism for his authoritarian rule since taking power following a 2013 coup. Under Mr. Sisi, Egyptian authorities have been accused of detaining thousands of political opponents, of torturing and killing prisoners and of stymying political opposition, according to reports by the United Nations, U.S. State Department and nongovernmental groups.”
There is a change that Sisi didn’t hear Trump when he made the remark, but he has certainly heard about it now that it’s over, which could lead to a strained relationship between the nations.
The publication goes on:
“Within minutes of the quip, Mr. Sisi met Mr. Trump and reporters were allowed in. Mr. Trump, among other comments, celebrated his relationship with Mr. Sisi, noting that the two leaders had begun talking with each other soon after Mr. Trump won the presidential election in 2016.”