Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Trump Can Send a Human Rights Message to Egypt's Leader

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Trump Can Send a Human Rights Message to Egypt's Leader

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Last month, the Post-Gazette website carried a New York Times story acknowledging the Egyptian regime's abysmal human rights record, while also predicting increased U.S. military cooperation with that country. In light of that article, President Donald Trump's upcoming meeting with Egypt's coup-installed president, Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, poses an important question: Will the U.S. attempt to "combat terrorism" using blind, brute force ... or through a principled embrace of core American values?

When the two leaders meet April 3, Mr. Trump can do as expected: Double down on military support for a widely discredited authoritarian regime. But there's another opportunity: Take a clear, strong stand against the el-Sissi administration's well-documented human and civil rights abuses by withholding funding for its military. …

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