By inviting Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to the White House, President Trump is befriending a violent dictator, argue Jennifer Williams and Zack Beauchamp of Vox. They highlight Sisi’s widespread use of torture, killings, arrests and suppression of all forms of dissent. Trump’s praise for the former general as an enemy of terrorism is misplaced as his brutality has pushed more people into the arms of jihadists, according to Williams and Beauchamp. They believe that Trump is validating an oppressive regime by cozying up to Sisi.
Egypt can be the most effective ally the US has in the fight against jihadism, deduces Jordan Schachtel of Conservative Review. He proclaims that Sisi has tackled radicalisation within the Muslim Brotherhood which had been enabled by his predecessor. The Egyptian president has proven his effectiveness in campaigns against ISIS, writes Schachtel. He concludes that Trump is taking a strong step towards defeating radical terrorism by improving relations with Egypt.