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Egyptian president: Don’t jump to conclusions about Trump

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi praised Donald Trump in an interview released Saturday, telling a news outlet not to “jump into conclusions or worry” about the president-elect.

“We have to distinguish between the rhetoric that takes place within presidential campaigns and the real and actual administration of a country after the inauguration,” Sisi told a Portuguese news agency, according to The Associated Press. “There will be a chance for more thorough readings.”

{mosads}Trump and Sisi have previously exchanged compliments. In September, Sisi told CNN that he had “no doubt” Trump would be a strong leader. Trump later called Sisi a “fantastic guy.”

Trump has caught flak for offering praise for leaders such as Russian President Vladimir Putin and the late Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. 

While serving as the head of Egypt’s military, Sisi spearheaded the 2013 coup that ousted President Mohamed Morsi. Sisi has since lead a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, of which Morsi is a member.

“I believe that President Trump will be vigorously engaged with the issues in the region,” Sisi said in the interview.

Trump made fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) the main focus of his foreign policy proposals throughout the presidential campaign. Egypt is currently engaged in its own battle against the ISIS affiliate in the country’s Sinai peninsula.

“As a matter of fact, Trump has shown deep and great understanding of what is taking place in the region as a whole and Egypt in particular. I am looking forward and expecting more support and reinforcement of our bilateral relations,” Sisi added.

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