Trump “focuses on the interests of the American citizen, as opposed to those who talk about democracy, human rights and transparency,” Bashir said, according to the Associated Press's transcription of the interview.
“I am convinced that it will be much easier to deal with Trump than with others because he is a straightforward person and a businessman who considers the interests of those who deal with him.” he said.
Bashir has ruled Sudan since 1989. His government suppresses dissent and is embroiled in a 13-year conflict in the impoverished Darfur region. The United Nations estimates the violence has led to some 300,000 deaths and displaced more than 2.5 million people. In 2009, the International Criminal Court in The Hague issued a warrant for Bashir's arrest over alleged crimes against humanity and war crimes, and added a genocide charge in 2010. The move compels Bashir to only travel to nations that promise ahead of his arrival not to act on the warrant when he lands.