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Oh how we wish this one were captured on video, but alas The Wall Street Journal could only vividly describe the epic moment when President Trump shouted across a crowded room, "Where's my favorite dictator"? —while awaiting a meeting with Egypt's president.
It apparently happened at last month's Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France but is only now being revealed by the paper:
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“Inside a room of the ornately decorated Hotel du Palais during last month’s Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, President Trump awaited a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi,” the WSJ reported Friday.
“Mr. Trump looked over a gathering of American and Egyptian officials and called out in a loud voice: ‘Where’s my favorite dictator?’ Several people who were in the room at the time said they heard the question,” the newspaper reported. Onlookers described “a stunned silence” that followed.
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People in the room said they were unclear if President Sisi actually heard it. The Journal commented, “Even if lighthearted, Mr. Trump’s quip drew attention to an uncomfortable facet of the U.S.-Egypt relationship.”
We might add that though uncomfortable the moment might have been for US-Egypt relations, it's one of those classic Trump moments where the president's wild and off the cuff manner actually comically cuts straight to the reality better than anything else (Turkey's Erdogan might even be a little jealous to find himself on the outs as Washington's "former" favorite dictator).
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The WSJ report...
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