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Evan Vucci / AP

President Trump welcomed Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to the Oval Office this morning.

Sisi said he had "a deep appreciation and admiration of [Trump's] unique personality" and that POTUS had been "standing very strong" to counter the "evil ideology" of Islamic radicalism, per a pool report. Trump said that he and Sisi "agree on so many things" and will "be friends for a long, long period of time," specifically noting that he will work with Sisi to "fight terrorism and other things."

Worth noting: Sisi came to power in a coup, and was regarded by the Obama administration as a ruthless dictator. Trump, in contrast, has repeatedly expressed admiration for Sisi and views him as a potential ally.

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President Biden told congressional leadership in a letter Saturday that this week's airstrike against facilities in Syria linked to Iranian-backed militia groups was consistent with the U.S. right to self-defense.

Why it matters: Some Democrats, including Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), have criticized the Biden administration for the strike and demanded a briefing.

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