Egyptian President Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi is set to become the first African leader to meet Donald Trump since the former reality TV star ascended to the White House.
In turn, Mr Sisi said he has "a deep appreciation and admiration of your unique personality", as the two vowed to fight terrorism together ahead of a day of meetings in Washington. "We are very much behind Egypt and the people of Egypt", Trump said in an Oval Office meeting with the Egyptian leader.
Voice of America says, "Obama froze aid to Cairo after Egypt's military, led by then General Sissi, overthrew Egypt's first democratically elected president, Mohammed Morsi, in 2013".
The White House said before the visit that the new administration's approach is to handle "sensitive issues" such as human rights in a "private, more discreet way" than previous presidents have done.
Egypt is waging its own war on terror in the Sinai peninsula, where it is battling extremist militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (meaning Supporters of Jerusalem) since 2011.
Dozens of people gathered at the Washington Monument on Sunday and held a vigil to remember thousands of political prisoners in Egyptian prisons. Human Rights Watch suggests that as the Trump and el-Sisi administrations want to extend cooperation: In response, the US Congress should maintain, at a minimum, the restrictions on security assistance from previous years unless there is serious and measurable progress on human rights, such as dropping the investigation into nongovernmental organizations, repealing the law banning protests, and beginning a review of the cases of those detained arbitrarily and sentenced exclusively for peacefully exercising their civil or political rights.
Trump said that he and el-Sisi have been close since they first met during the 2016 presidential campaign.
A White House statement Friday on el-Sissi's visit made no mention of the Egyptian government's human-rights record.
Tom Malinowski, an assistant secretary of state in charge of human rights issues in the Obama administration, argued that American aid to Egypt over the years had failed to win support for USA policy.
In his meetings this week, Trump will find himself sitting across from the leaders of two countries considered major human rights offenders, according to watchdog groups and the State Department.
"Giving more money to the Sisi government is to the detriment of United States and Egyptian interests", Margon said.
The US administration official said Washington wants to "fully support" Egypt.
El-Sissi's "main motive in relation to political Islam is saying they're all terrorists, especially the Muslim Brotherhood", said Ziad Akl, senior researcher at the Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies in Cairo. "When human rights are not protected, instability fuels the very extremism that President Trump says he is trying to combat". In other words, this meeting will be also a key to Trump's effort to bolster ties with Arab allies in the fight against Islamists across the Middle East. On Monday, the Egypt's military ruler Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will step onto the red carpet, which is rolled out for him by the US.
Trump heaped a lot of praise on the Egyptian dictator. When Xi visited the White House a year later, the two leaders again answered questions, this time in the Rose Garden.