President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden campaign: Castro 'got the facts wrong' McCabe's counsel presses US attorney on whether grand jury decided not to indict The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from Houston debate MORE, while awaiting a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi during the Group of Seven (G7) summit, called for my favorite dictator, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.
Wheres my favorite dictator? Trump said as at a hotel in Biarritz, France, where the two were reportedly set to meet last month. A group of at least 10 U.S. and three Egyptian officials was reportedly awaiting Sisis arrival.
Several American and Egyptian officials who were in the same room as Trump overheard his remark,the Journal reported. It isnt clear if Sisi was there or if he heard the comment.
Many said they thought Trump was making a joke, but the comment reportedly prompted silence from the group.
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Egypts foreign affairs minister and chief of the General Intelligence Service were also said to be present.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.
Since taking power in 2013, Sisi has come under fire for his authoritarian leadership and has faced accusations of detaining, torturing and killing prisoners who disagreed politically, theJournal noted.
Trump has previously said of Sisi: We understood each other very well. Hes a very tough man, I will tell you that. But hes also a good man, and hes done a fantastic job in Egypt. Not easy.