The New York Times and other left-wing media outlets blasted President Donald Trump for not taking Egypt’s President Abdel Fateh el-Sisi to task over his human rights record during the meeting between the two leaders at the White House on Monday.
The paper published an editorial titled “Enabling Egypt’s President Sisi, An Enemy Of Human Rights” in which its editors wrote that Egypt “cannot be a force for regional stability nor can it be the partner Mr. Trump imagines on counter terrorism or anything else if Mr. Sisi does not radically change his ways.”
During their meeting, Trump praised el-Sisi for “doing a fantastic job in a very difficult situation” and vowed to have a “very long and strong relationship with Egypt.”
The president also emphasized the U.S. and Egypt would work together against Islamist terror groups.
Aside from the fact the New York Times never published an editorial blasting former President Barack Obama for “enabling” President Rouhani of Iran, whose country has an even more abysmal human rights record than Egypt under el-Sisi, the paper is dead wrong on Egypt’s ability to be a force for regional stability.
Take for example, the glaring omission in the Times about what was discussed during Trump’s meeting with el-Sisi at the White House.
The Egyptian president reportedly came with a plan to solve what Trump called “the problem of the century.”
The plan encompasses the principles of a framework agreement between Israel and the Palestinians and contains a concrete proposal for the organization of a peace summit in September in Jordan.
According to the Arab-language news site Khaleej, the plan also entails conditions for jump-starting the moribund peace process between the Palestinian Authority and Israel.
The PA and the Arab countries want Israel to release Palestinian prisoners ahead of the summit and demand a “freeze of settlement activity,” meaning a stop on new construction in the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, also called ‘West Bank” by the Palestinian Arabs and the mainstream media.
In an effort to juxtapose Obama’s supposedly correct policies toward Egypt after the ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood regime of former president Morsi to Trump’s perceived embrace of a “ruthless dictator,” the Times retorted to untruths and distortion of history.
“While his predecessors considered authoritarians like Mr. Sisi to be distasteful and at times shied away from them, Mr. Trump signaled that he sees international relations through a transactional lens,” according to the Times.
“If Egypt can be a partner in the battle against international terrorism, then in Mr. Trump’s calculation, that is more important to the United States than concerns over its brutal suppression of domestic dissent,” the paper concluded.
But the same report also said, “It was the first visit by an Egyptian president to Washington since 2009, when the guest was the autocratic former president Hosni Mubarak, then in the waning years of his rule — an era now viewed by many Egyptians as a time of relative freedom, prosperity and security.”
So Obama didn’t bar Mubarak — who the Times also calls “autocratic” — from the White House as he did with el-Sisi. And in reality, the former Egyptian president was ousted by the Egyptian population after mass protests that centered around Tahrir Square in Cairo.
The reason they wanted him out was the lack of freedom, prosperity and security in the country.
El-Sisi, on the other hand, rose to power because the Egyptian masses demanded the army return to the political scene; 82 percent of the Egyptian population demanded a coup by the army according to a reliable poll at the time.
This happened after the Muslim Brotherhood government failed to stabilize the country of 80 million and publicly showed the incompetence of Mohammed Morsi’s ministers during a cabinet meeting aired live on Egyptian TV a month before the army intervened and saved Egypt, as Trump suggested when he said that el-Sisi did “a fantastic job in a difficult situation.”
At the end of their long article about Trump’s meeting with el-Sisi, the New York Times reporters quoted Amy Hawthorne of the Project on Middle East Democracy, a Washington-based anti-Sisi NGO.
She made the claim that el-Sisi is “fueling radicalization” in Egypt.
In reality, the Egyptian president — who is a devout Muslim — has been the only Arab leader who dared to speak out against radicalization in not only the Middle East, but in the Muslim world as a whole.
“We have to think hard about what we are facing, and I have, in fact, addressed this topic a couple of times before,” el-Sisi said during a speech at al-Azhar university in January 2016.
“It’s inconceivable that the thinking that we hold most sacred should cause the entire umma (Islamic world) to be a source of anxiety, danger, killing and destruction for the rest of the world. Wholly Impossible!” the Egyptian president continued.
He then asked the following question before calling for a religious revolution in the Muslim world.
“Is it possible that 1.6 billion people [Muslims] should want to kill the rest of the world’s inhabitants — that is 7 billion — so that they themselves may live?” el-Sisi asked. “Impossible!”