The United Nations General Assembly is in session, so Monday, off to the side of the speeches and stuff, the USA’s two major party candidates for president met with some foreign leaders. Hillary Clinton met with the leaders of Japan, Ukraine and Egypt, while Donald Trump only had time to meet with one: Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who’s pretty much solidified his dictator credentials after overthrowing the elected government in a military coup a few years back. Rightwingers love the guy, because he kicked out the Muslim Brotherhood (which did 9/11), and Donald Trump loves him because he’s tough on terrorism, which incidentally means filling the prisons and handing out hundreds of arbitrary death sentences. But he must be a hell of a good leader, since he won election with 97% of the vote — that might make him an even better leader than Putin!
Here’s Rachel Maddow’s take on the two candidates’ statements on how their meetings with the military strongman went:
It’s a fine bit of comparison/contrast for all you high school writing students out there. The Trump statement is full of flattery for al-Sisi, and even promised him a warm welcome should he like to visit the White House. “And then,” says Rachel, “they made out!”
Hillary Clinton’s statement on the meeting was a hell of a lot less pally in tone, diplomatically saying she and the Egyptian president had a “constructive discussion about bilateral ties and cooperation on a wide range of issues, including counterterrorism,” but then went on to note that “Secretary Clinton emphasized the importance of respect for rule of law and human rights” and also called for the release of an Egyptian-American NGO worker, Aya Hegazy.
One of our candidates told a dictator human rights will matter to her administration. The other candidate wants to cuddle with him.