The Hill — May 21, 2017

Egyptian president: Trump ‘capable of the impossible’

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said during a meeting with President Trump early Sunday in Saudi Arabia that Trump has a “unique personality” and is “capable of the impossible.”

Sisi, through a translator, thanked Trump for the strategic relationship between Egypt and the U.S., according to a reporter who is traveling with Trump, adding that Egypt is secure, able and stable with the cooperation of the U.S.

Sisi also praised Trump as a “unique personality who is capable of the impossible."

"I agree," Trump said, to laughter.

In response to Sisi’s invitation, Trump also said he would visit Egypt soon.

The two leaders met at the White House in early April.

“He’s done a fantastic job in a very difficult situation,” Trump said at the time, referring to Sisi, who led a coup three years ago to oust Egypt's first freely elected president and faces criticism over alleged human rights abuses.

Trump on Sunday added that the American people “appreciated” the release last month of Aya Hijazi, an Egyptian-American aid worker who spent three years in a Cairo prison.

The White House said in a statement Sunday afternoon that Trump "emphasized his support for Egypt’s fight against terrorism and underscored the benefits of the longstanding military cooperation between the two countries" during the meeting.

“The President also encouraged deeper cooperation to address the root causes of terrorism and extremism and applauded President Al Sisi’s strong calls to reform ideologies that inspire violence,” the White House press secretary’s office added. “The United States and Egypt stand fully committed to addressing critical bilateral and international issues in a renewed spirit of mutual respect and open cooperation.”

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