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Trump Asks the Room: 'Where's My Favorite Dictator?'

The president stuns nearby officials with his request at the G7
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 14, 2019 12:45 PM CDT
President Donald Trump speaks with reporters before departing on Marine One from the South Lawn of the White House, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, in Washington. Trump is en route to Baltimore.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

(Newser) – President Trump left a group of officials in "stunned silence" last month when he called out for Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi in a Paris hotel, the Wall Street Journal reports. "Where's my favorite dictator?" Trump asked within earshot of several US and Egyptian officials attending the G7 summit. It was unclear whether Sisi heard Trump or was even there, but Trump's remark highlights uneasy aspects of the US-Egypt relationship. Sisi has been accused of human-rights abuses including torture, mass imprisonment, and silencing the press since seizing power in 2013, per Business Insider. Trump's administration hasn't criticized the regime, which claims its actions are justified by its battle against extremists. (Read more President Trump stories.)

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