Newly inaugurated President Trump has done little to hide his contempt towards the Middle East. One of his first acts as POTUS was to ban all visitors from a swathe of Muslim-majority countries in the region, including Syria, Iran and Iraq. Meanwhile, he has shown his disdain for the Palestinian cause by casually flirting with the inflammatory gesture of moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, as well as threatening to rip up the Iran nuclear deal.
While he may seem to despise MENA, it has been pointed out that Trump is acting a little bit like some of the region’s most famous authoritarian leaders. The New York Times recently published an article calling Trump “America’s Sisi” and one Facebook user dedicated a whole album to Trump-Gaddafi comparisons. In fact, Trump’s America is looking increasingly like the Arab world (and not in a good way)... From fiery inauguration protests to media oppression, here are some signs that American may be sliding into a world of Arab despotism.