***UPDATED*** White House announced that Obama has just finally called Sisi.
The favorable treatment Obama previously gave to ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi differs considerably from that given the newly-inaugurated President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.
Morsi was inaugurated on June 30, 2012. Obama called to congratulate him nearly a week before on June 24 when the election results were announced.
But two days after Sisi’s inauguration, still no phone call from the “Smart Diplomacy” president.
From yesterday’s State Department press briefing:
QUESTION: Has Secretary Kerry been in contact with his counterpart over the weekend in Egypt?
MS. HARF: Let me check. He has not.
QUESTION: And President Obama – he hasn’t called General Sisi, has he?
MS. HARF: No. And the call – as we’ve said, the President’s obviously been traveling. White House will have more details on timing, but should be happening soon.
QUESTION: Because President Obama did call President Morsi back when he won the election, correct?
MS. HARF: Mm-hmm. And President – I would assume so. I don’t remember. But the President will call him. Again, we look forward to working with him, and sometimes schedules just make these things tough to get people on the phone.
Six days ago the administration said that Obama would be calling Sisi “in the coming days.” The excuse given was that Obama was traveling, because we all know that the president of the United States would never travel with a phone.
Exit question: Is it “smart diplomacy” to snub the newly elected leader of the largest Arab country on the planet and, over the past three decades, one of our closest partners in the Middle East?