Egyptian leader Abdel Fattah el-Sisi endorsed Trump’s words: “I trust you, your word and your ability to make fighting global terror your primary task.”
Sisi’s reaction to Trump is in stark contrast to his response to Barack Obama: he told Obama that he “betrayed Egyptians and turned your back on Egyptians, who won’t forget that.”
Yet despite the tough talk by Sisi to Obama, Sisi had virtually lost the trust of Christian Copts:
Sisi’s failure to address longstanding injustices has prompted disillusionment. Many Copts now feel that the president has failed to deliver on the promise of equality he made three years ago.
Egypt’s latest retaliatory strike against Libya is significant in connection with Sisi’s relationship to the Copts; we can hope that he will continue to act to protect them.
“Egypt strikes militant bases after 28 Coptic Christians killed in ambush”, by Doug Stanglin , USA Today, May 26, 2017:
Egyptian fighter jets struck militant bases in eastern Libya late Friday in retaliation for an attack by masked gunmen on a caravan of Coptic Christians that left 28 people dead.
Senior officials said the warplanes targeted the headquarters of the Shura Council in the city of Darna, where local militias are known to be linked to al-Qaeda, not the Islamic State .
The Egyptian leader also appealed to President Trump, saying, “I trust you, your word and your ability to make fighting global terror your primary task.”
At the G-7 summit in Italy, Trump condemned the attack on the Christian pilgrims, blaming “evil organizations of terror” and “thuggish ideology.”
“The merciless slaughter of Christians in Egypt tears at our hearts and grieves our souls,” he said in a statement…