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Trump congratulates Egypt's al-Sisi for victory in sham election

Trump and Sisi at the U.N. Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP / Getty Images

President Trump called Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi today to congratulate him for winning an election last week in which potential challengers were pushed aside, allowing the former general to run essentially unopposed.

Flashback: Trump congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin last month for winning a sham election of his own. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders defended the call by saying it was not up to the United States to "dictate how other countries operate."