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Watch Donald Trump Call Egypt's President A "Fantastic Guy"

"He took control of Egypt," Trump said to Lou Dobbs. "And he really took control."

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Republican candidate Donald Trump on Thursday kind of sort of definitely praised Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for staging a coup.

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Trump and Sisi met on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday — Sisi was the only world leader Trump met with that day.

While speaking with Fox Business's Lou Dobbs, Trump said: "He's a fantastic guy. He took control of Egypt. And he really took control of Egypt."

Now if you — like Trump — appear to be immune to irony, that is — in fact — a very ironic thing to say.

You see, whether Trump knows it or not, Sisi literally took control of Egypt, in the form of a coup d'etat in 2013. He was appointed head of the junta before becoming president.

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Since then, he's been accused of numerous human rights abuses and under him Egypt's economy has floundered.

Hayes Brown is a world news editor and reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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