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Why the Trump, el-Sissi Romance Might Not Last in Egypt

Egyptian-American affairs have long been characterized by wild swings and ruptures.
In recent years, Egypt's el-Sissi has moved closer to Russia because he views his American counterpart, Barack Obama, with distrust.
12_23_Egypt_01 Source: Nameer Galal/NurPhoto/Corbis/Getty

The life-size cutout of Hillary Clinton looked lonely. On November 8, at the U.S. Embassy’s presidential election night bash in Cairo, dozens of young Egyptians gathered in a cavernous hotel ballroom to pose with a cardboard effigy of Clinton’s opponent, Donald Trump. Despite the New York mogul’s call for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States, Trump is popular here, at least among government supporters. So when the Apprentice star swept the American heartland for a shocking victory, many in the Egyptian capital cheered the result.

Among them: President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the first foreign leader to congratulate Trump. His budding bromance with the Donald stands in contrast to his relationship with outgoing President Barack Obama, whom

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