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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

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