Trump met with Egypt’s President el-Sisi at the annual UN General Assembly meeting [Jonathan Ernst/Reuters]

US President Donald Trump has thrown his support behind Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who has come under pressure in the face of protests calling for him to step down in Egypt.

“Everybody has demonstrations,” Trump said on Monday while meeting el-Sisi on the sidelines of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly in New York City.

“I’m not concerned with it. Egypt has a great leader. He’s highly respected.”

In a rare display of dissent, thousands of protesters on Friday and Saturday defied a de facto ban on demonstrations as they took to the streets in central Cairo and several other cities to call for el-Sisi’s departure.

In the port city

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