WaPo's Lally Weymouth scores another interview with the Egyptian president:
What do you think the U.S. should do?
Support Egypt, support the popular will of the Egyptians.
Do you mean the U.S. should stand by you?
Sissi reflects the popular will of Egyptians.
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You think the U.S. government just doesn’t understand Egypt’s needs?
You can’t get the real picture of what is going on here in our country. . . . We are an underdeveloped country. You look at Egypt with American eyes. Democracy in your country has evolved over 200 years. Just give us a chance to develop. If we rush things, countries like ours will collapse.
You’ve said the word “collapse” twice now. Is that something that concerns you?
Nobody else mentions it.
You know why? Because they have a lot of confidence in Sissi. But I am just a human being. I cannot do everything. When Somalia collapsed, didn’t the U.S. leave? Do you want Egypt to become a failed state and then you wash your hands of it?
The interview has a few other signs of delusions of grandeur...