>> In a sharp turnaround from the Obama era, president Donald Trump welcoming Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, to the Oval office Monday. Ignoring activists who say Sisi's poor record on human rights should not be so easily overlooked.>> We are very much behind president el-Sisi, he's done a fantastic job in a very difficult situation.
>> Trump scrapping a US policy isolating Sisi for the military coup that ousted his predecessor, Mohamed Morsi. Deputy foreign policy editor Yara Bayoumy.>> This is being build as a reset. A very clear message that the US Egyptian relationship is going to be one that is a lot closer.
Indications that we're getting is that human rights issues will take more of a backseat.>> Trump saying the two nations needed to work together to fight Islamist terror groups including Islamic State. Which has made inroads in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula and took credit for the downing of a Russian plane full of tourists in 2015.
>> This issue is something that both Sisi and Trump see very much eye-to-eye on. Hundreds of police and soldiers have been killed and Sisi calls it an existential threat.>> Very strongly and very openly you will find Egypt and myself always beside you. In this, in bringing about an effective strategy.
>> Human rights groups say under Sisi thousands of opponents have been wrongly imprisoned. Many of them members of the now banned Muslim Brotherhood, including Morsi, who came to power after the toppling of dictator Hosni Mubarak, but was overthrown by Sisi in 2013. At least 235 of Morsi's supporters were believed killed by troops in a later crackdown with some rights groups putting the death toll at nearly a thousand.
President Obama froze some military aid to Egypt and refused to meet with Sisi at the White House, but later resumed the flow of nearly $1.5 billion in annual US aid.