U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on the sidelines of the annual United Nations General Assembly in New York City, New York, U.S., September 23, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
CAIRO – 24 September 2019: U.S. President Donald Trump praised his Egyptian counterpart President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi calling him a “real leader,” saying he is not concerned with protests that have been witnessed in Egypt over the past days.
When asked about the demonstrations, Trump said “Everybody has demonstrations…no, I am not concerned with it. Egypt has a great leader.”
The press briefing of both leaders came on the sidelines of the 74th session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York.
US President Donald Trump told the reporters that it is “an honour to be with my friend the president of Egypt” as he started the meeting with the Egyptian President Sisi.
“He is a real leader, he has done some things that are absolutely amazing in a short period of time when he took over not so long ago, it was in turmoil, then it is not in turmoil anymore,” said Trump while addressing the reports covering the meeting.
“We are doing a lot of trading, a lot of business, we are talking about many different locations like Libya, I think Libya might be a subject that we are going to be discussing,” added Trump.
For his part, the Egyptian President expressed his gratitude to his American counterpart and addressed the fact that they are having their second meeting in two months, which reflects the great relations between Egypt and the US.
Sisi was keen to praise Trump’s “wisdom” in dealing with the regional challenges using the military option. He further said that the political Islamic groups will always hinder the existence of stability in the region, stressing that people in Egypt will never accept to be ruled by political Islamic groups.
Trump also described Egypt as a “special place” with its largest population in the Arab world. The American president said that his wife has been to Egypt and was “treated” so nicely, adding that the first lady loved Egypt’s pyramids.
“The pictures were something she’ll never forget,” said Trump about his wife’s visit to Egypt in October 2018.