It seems that President-elect Donald Trump’s international dictator fan club has a new member.
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is not only wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged genocide-related war crimes in Darfur, but he’s also a huge fan of the incoming president.
In 2010, the ICC charged al-Bashir with three counts of genocide related to the mass slaughter of three non-Arab ethnic groups in Darfur.
Between 2003 and 2010, more than 200,000 were murdered by Sudanese forces.
Today, al-Bashir says that he’s hopeful that Trump will focus “on the interests of the American citizen, as opposed to those who talk about democracy, human rights, and transparency,” he said in an interview published by Emirati daily al-Khaleej.
“I am convinced that it will be much easier to deal with Trump than with others because he is a straightforward person and a businessman who considers the interests of those who deal with him,” said al-Bashir said, adding that “we can deal with double-faced people but here we have a person with a clear line.”
Al-Bashir has ruled Sudan with an iron fist since 1989. He believes that Trump will be a man who he can “easily deal with,” perhaps eluding to future business or diplomatic agreements with the United States.
It will be interesting to see if Trump preens and licks this dictator’s hand as he’s done with numerous others who have thrown him even the most modest flattery.
Trump’s like a noisy toy dog who will become your best friend in the world if you give him a little positive attention. Unfortunately for America, many world leaders like al-Bashir are starting to understand this trick.
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