Trump or Clinton?
For Egypt, it doesn’t really matter who the president of the United States. That’s because the U.S. presidency is an institution that works with guidelines and regulations that change very little; a new president won’t change much. A lot of Egyptians had high hopes that Barack Obama would change U.S. policy to become friendlier with the Arab world and Palestinians in particular. But in the end, his policies remained the same as his predecessors.
Yasmine Rashed, 36, journalist
If we want America’s economic and political policies to be friendlier to Egypt, then it ’s definitely Donald Trump. I have listened to his speeches and what he talked about when he met with President Sisi. They seem to be on the same page on many topics. However, I personally prefer Hillary Clinton because when she was here she talked about political rights and freedom of speech. I don’t want to sacrifice our freedom for a chance to have a healthier economy and better relations with the United States. We tried that under President Hosni Mubarak and it led to the 2011 revolution. Ahmed Gamaleldin, 50, architect
I would definitely pick Donald Trump. He and President Sisi both want the same things—for their countries to become powerhouses. This alignment in priorities and vision will work wonders for Egypt ’s economic relations with the United States, and right now this is what we need more than anything. Hillary Clinton makes fair points, but if she wins, Egypt-U.S. relations will deteriorate fast. Mina Adel, 42, kiosk owner
God help us if Americans choose Donald Trump as their next president. For one thing, his views sound like those of a dictator from the Middle Ages who sees the United States as an empire he needs to expand. People should give up a lot of their freedoms to serve the greater good, according to Trump. Of course, U.S. policy towards Egypt isn’t going to change overnight if Trump wins, but it will signal to Egyptian authorities that they don’t need to address political liberties any time soon. With Hillary Clinton, the issues would at least be on the table.
Wafaa Yousry, 69, housewife
I really don’t care who wins. The United States has longstanding relations and benefits from countries around the world and will not allow anything to change that. Trump and Clinton’s meetings with Sisi were nothing more than window dressing to show voters how they ’ll deal with other countries. But we really need to stop focusing on what is happening in the biggest economy in the world and focus on our own flailing economy.
Gamila Hassan, 35, translator
Our president has shown great support for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. Therefore, for Egypt, I think it would be better for Trump to be president because then Egypt would have an easier time influencing U.S. policies to favor Egypt. History has shown that if the leaders of two countries get along, their economic relations benefit. Right now, this is what we want more than anything.
Tamer Fahmy, 63, retired army general