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Congress rains on Sisi’s parade

Lawmakers don’t all share Trump’s fondness for the Egyptian strongman.
TOPSHOT - US President Donald Trump(R) listens while Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi makes a statement to the press in the Oval Office before a meeting at the White House on April 3, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

While Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi received the red carpet treatment for his White House debut April 3, the mood was markedly cooler at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue.

The top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., introduced a bipartisan resolution along with four other members that takes the former military chief to task for his intolerance of dissent. The resolution notably puts Egypt on notice that US economic and military aid will remain tied to “progress on meaningful political reform, human rights and fundamental freedoms.”

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