CHARLOTTE, NC, April 6, 2017 – From the moment Donald Trump won the presidency there was never any doubt that the next four years would be contentious and controversial. But while Trump continues to plow through the learning curve of politics with ratings that change quicker than a pot of cooking popcorn, he continues to get positive reviews from leaders in the Middle East.
Many American’s may be surprised that Barack Obama had no less than six advisors in the White House who were active members of the Muslim Brotherhood.The Muslim Brotherhood was born in Egypt in the early part of the 20th century and it has since been a scab that will not heal.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s opinion of Trump, we can presume, is 180-degrees from his view of Obama. As Egypt’s president must see it, Obama’s policies did nothing more than embolden the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic extremists both at home and abroad.
In 2013, when Mohamed Morsi, the former Muslim Brotherhood president was overthrown, el-Sisi told Obama, “You left the Egyptians. You turned your back on the Egyptians, and they won’t forget that.”
So now, in Donald Trumph, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi as a new ally on Pennsylvania Avenue in the person of Donald Trump. Only time will determine the strength of the renewed alliance between the US and Egypt, but for the present, it is a positive relationship.
During an interview with Bret Baier on “Fox News” on Wednesday, el-Sisi expressed the hopeful opinion that Donald Trump has a “true understanding” of the problems the Middle East must deal with on a daily basis when it comes to terrorism.
Such was not the case under Obama.
“In fact many things over the last four years occurred and caused many, many problems,” el-Sisi told Baier. “That’s a fact. The region is paying a very heavy price for that.”
Describing Trump as a “unique personality”, which would go unchallenged by just about everyone, the Egyptian leader stated he has “’every confidence of unprecedented success’ for the American president.”
El-Sisi believes Trump has a clear picture of the realities of the region and told Baier “there is a seriousness and responsible actions in facing extremism and terrorism in the region. And that’s a wonderful thing indeed.”
Whether or not Trump’s understanding of the “realities” of the Middle East is as strong as el-Sisi believes they are, remains to be seen. At some point, President Trump will be challenged . As to the “seriousness” of the situation, there should be little doubt that Trump has a greater interest and focus on the concerns of the Middle East than did Obama.
Said el-Sisi to Baier, “that’s a wonderful thing indeed. There is nothing better than to counter evil.”
Meanwhile, controversy continues to swirl around the new president on global as well as domestic issues. Those challenges, particularly inside the beltway will not abate, though at some point they should taper off a bit. Some wins – like having the truckers union stand with him – will help.
Thus far, Donald Trump has not been faced with any significant international events that would force an antagonistic press to challenge his decisions. On the domestic scene the opposite it true, where every day some little meaningless brush fire pops up and must be stamped out.
Eventually, if and when Trump can at long last get his people in place, there will be other actions that can be taken in a more efficient manner.
Until then, there will only be a daily monologue of dissent from the opposition and the US will continue to creak along in desperate need of repair.
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Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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