What El-Sisi’s Visit Revealed About Trump’s Transactional Foreign Policy

President Donald Trump greets Egypt’s president, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, at the White House, Washington, April 3, 2017 (AP photo by Andrew Harnik).
President Donald Trump greets Egypt’s president, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, at the White House, Washington, April 3, 2017 (AP photo by Andrew Harnik).

Guest columnist Nikolas Gvosdev is filling in for Judah Grunstein this week. President Donald Trump’s meeting at the White House on Monday with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi gave the clearest indication yet of how the Trump administration plans to conduct American foreign policy. One of the most striking elements of el-Sisi’s visit was how the Trump team, in contrast to its predecessors in the Obama administration, decided to pursue a very focused, prioritized agenda. President Barack Obama found himself caught amid the push and pull of contradictory impulses and interests when it came to the U.S. relationship with Egypt. El-Sisi […]

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