Trump welcomes Egyptian President al-Sisi to the White House for the first time

U.S. President Donald Trump welcomed Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to the White House on Monday (April 3). Trump and al-Sisi met during the presidential campaign and agreed on many things, reaffirming what Trump calls a “long and strong relationship.”

President Trump is urging Egypt to work closer together with the United States in combating terrorism. “We are rejuvenating our military to the highest level,” said Trump to al-Sisi, “I just want to say to you, Mr. President, that you have a great friend and ally in the United States and in me.”

In response, al-Sisi said he has a “deep appreciation and admiration” for Trump’s “unique personality.”

Al-Sisi pledged Egypt’s cooperation with the United States in “bringing about an effective strategy in the counter-terrorism effort.”

Just minutes after al-Sisi’s first visit to the White House, members from Trump’s Cabinet joined the two leaders for a meeting.

The meeting will bring into discussion U.S.’s military and economic aid for Egypt.