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Thursday, 9 February 2017

The Trump era heralds a new Egyptian-American lovefest

The Trump era heralds a new Egyptian-American lovefest. That’s the dominant narrative on Egypt this morning as the notion (which we first noted early this week) got wide international play thanks to a piece by Reuters’ Lin Noueihed and Yara Bayoumy. The two report that analysts believe that Trump is likely to roll back conditions on military aid that Egypt has viewed as a thorn in its side. The Trump White House seems to be more supportive of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s approach to combating terrorism than was Barack Obama.

Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal are also on the story this morning, zeroing-in on the prospect that the White House will declare the Ikhwan a terrorist group, while the Independent is the latest to pick up on Cairo cheering Trump’s list of unreported terror attacks.

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