David Axelrod On Nightline: Obama Has “Directly Confronted” Mubarak On Human Rights
Appearing in Friday’s Nightline, White House adviser David Axeldrod addresses the relationship between President Obama and Egyptian President Mubarak (pictured) with Jake Tapper.
TAPPER: Hosni Mubarak is not a good guy and that government tortures, is repressive, doesn’t believe in the same freedoms we do and they’re also one of our closest allies in the Middle East.
AXELROD: Obviously these are the challenges of the presidency in a very difficult world. And, but the way he’s confronted it, is he went to Cairo and talked about the need, the universal human rights of people. He’s — on several occasions directly confronted Pres. Mubarak on it. And pushed him on the need for political reform —
TAPPER: To get ahead of this.
AXELROD: — in his country. Exactly to get ahead of this. This is a project he’s been working on for 2 years and today the president is working hard to encourage restraint and a cessation of violence against the people of Egypt.Click here for reuse options!
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