Trump not to materialize what he said in polls drive: Sisi

Cairo—President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi has praised US President-elect Donald J. Trump, saying that his inflammatory statements from the campaign trail do not necessarily reflect the actions he will take as president.
Sisi, in an interview with Portuguese news agency LUSA released on Saturday, said, “let’s not jump into conclusions or worry” about future US actions or policies in the Middle East. The army chief-turned-president was interviewed prior to his upcoming Nov. 21 visit to Portugal.
Sisi was among the very first foreign leaders to congratulate Trump’s on his presidential victory.
“We have to distinguish between the rhetoric that takes place within presidential campaigns and the real and actual administration of a country after the inauguration,” he said. “There will be a chance for more thorough readings.”
Sisi’s remarks echoed sentiments that have been circulating on local and regional media, with columnists speculating that Trump campaign rhetoric – such as his call for a ban on Muslims entering the US – will be watered down.
Trump and Sisi have already shown a certain bond. Trump said there was “good chemistry” when they met on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in September. Sisi said Trump would “without a doubt” make a strong leader.
Sisi, who was elected in 2014 after leading the military ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Mursi, has painted himself as a regional leader in the fight against Islamic militancy – a stance that echoes Trump’s priorities.
The prospect of warmer relations with Trump comes after years of comparative chill between Sisi and outgoing US President Barack Obama.
After the ouster of Mursi and the subsequent lethal crackdown on Islamist supporters, the Obama administration voiced criticism and briefly suspended part of the Egypt’s robust American aid package.—Agencies

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