U.S. President Donald Trump welcomes Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to the White House on Monday as both sides seek a renewed relationship after tensions over Sisi's crackdown on opponents. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Donald Trump welcomed Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to the White House on Monday as both sides seek a renewed relationship after tensions over Sisi's crackdown on opponents. As well as meeting President Donald Trump, Sisi will see the top officials at the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, where he will pitch for help with his country's ailing economy. The trip will be Sisi's first U.S. state visit since being elected president in 2014 as former U.S. President Barack Obama had never extended an invitation. Sisi was elected a year after leading the military's ousting of the Muslim Brotherhood's president Mohamed Mursi after mass protests. A senior White house official said on Friday Trump "wants to use President Sisi's visit to reboot the bilateral relationship and build on the strong connection the two presidents established when they first met in New York last September". Egypt has long been one of Washington's closest allies in the Middle East, receiving $1.3 billion in U.S. military aid annually. The country is fighting an Islamist insurgency in Sinai, and hundreds of Egyptian soldiers and police have been killed fighting insurgents.