President Trump is notorious for his ornery personality. Some playful remarks made by Trump at this year’s G7 have recently surfaced and are raising eyebrows.
According to The Wall Street Journal, a group of 10 US and three Egyptian officials overheard the president asking “Where’s my favorite dictator?” as they sat waiting for Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi on August 26.
US officials in the room at that time included Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and ex-national security adviser John Bolton who recently resigned from his position. Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry and Abbas Kamel, Egypt’s chief of the General Intelligence Service, were also present, according to witnesses.
Trump and Sisi do seem to have a warm, albeit not overly close, relationship. The two leaders appeared to get along well when Trump hosted Sisi’s first post-election White House visit in 2017.
“We understood each other very well. He’s a very tough man, I will tell you that. But he’s also a good man, and he’s done a fantastic job in Egypt. Not easy.” President Trump said.
Afterwards, the Egyptian presidency’s office put out a statement saying “President Trump expressed his appreciation for Egypt and President El Sisi as well as the development that Egypt has witnessed to realize security and stability as well as growth, in spite of regional instability.”