Arab autocrats stand to gain from Trump reelection

From Egypt to Saudi Arabia, Arab leaders have gained a boost in US support since Donald Trump took the reins of the White House. For experts, "another term for Trump means another victory for autocratic leaders."

“Where’s my favorite dictator?” US President Donald Trump reportedly asked while waiting for his Egyptian counterpart, former general Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, on the sidelines of the G7 summit last year.

It should come as no surprise that the billionaire-turned-president has spoken positively about autocrats across the world. He has described North Korea’s Kim Jong Un as a “great leader” and called Russia’s Vladimir Putin “a nicer person than I am.”

Former top-ranking US officials have even described it as “dictator envy.”

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