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CUDDLING WITH CAIRO

Why the bromance between Donald Trump and Egypt’s Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi might not last
PYRAMID SCHEME: In recent years, Egypt’s el-Sissi has moved closer to Russia because he views his American counterpart, Barack Obama, with distrust.

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.

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Donald Trump’s many business ties abroad are already jeopardizing the interests of the United States and making the president-elect vulnerable to bribery and blackmail.