EGYPT/FOREIGN POLICY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Ever since he seized power in a military takeover nearly four years ago, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has been barred from the White House. But President Trump made clear on Monday [4-3-17] that the period of ostracism was over as he hosted Mr. Sisi and pledged unstinting support for the autocratic ruler.
‘We agree on so many things,’ Mr. Trump said as he sat beside Mr. Sisi in the Oval Office. ‘I just want to let everybody know in case there was any doubt that we are very much behind President el-Sisi. He’s done a fantastic job in a very difficult situation. We are very much behind Egypt and the people of Egypt. The United States has, believe me, backing, and we have strong backing.’
In that one moment, Mr. Trump underscored a fundamental shift in American foreign policy since he took office. While his predecessors considered authoritarians like Mr. Sisi to be distasteful and at times shied away from them, Mr. Trump signaled that he sees international relations through a transactional lens. If Egypt can be a partner in the battle against international terrorism, then in Mr. Trump’s calculation, that is more important to the United States than concerns over its brutal suppression of domestic dissent.”

-Peter Baker and Declan Walsh, “Trump Shifts Course on Egypt, Praising Its Authoritarian Leader,” The New York Times online, April 3, 2017