Life for Egypt’s Coptic Christian community is a daily fight for survival.

They have been the victims of multiple terrorist attacks in recent years, with hundreds killed at the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Two packed Coptic churches were ruthlessly bombed by the Brotherhood this Palm Sunday, killing 47.

In late May, 28 were killed when ten masked gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying Coptic Christians to worship at a monastery.

Making up about 10 percent of the nation’s people, Egypt is one of the few places in the Middle East with a significant Christian population.

But there has been one promising development.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, a devout Muslim, has personally pledged his support and protection for that nation’s Christian community.

In response to the church bombings, Sisi personally promised to rebuild the sanctuary and ordered military hospitals to treat injured Christians.

Within hours of the bus massacre, the Egyptian Air Force launched devastating airstrikes on terrorist camps.

The United States government, however, hasn’t always been as eager to save lives.

Spurred by support from Barack Obama, in 2012 the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist group ousted longtime Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, a moderate Muslim and U.S. ally.

The U.S.-backed regime change destabilized the region, sparked an explosion in terrorist activity and outraged the Egyptian population.

Within a year the Brotherhood was driven from power.

Sisi, then commander of the Egyptian military and immensely popular, was overwhelmingly elected President.

Sisi pulled no punches, squarely blaming the Obama administration for the rise of terrorism in Egypt.

You left the Egyptians. You turned your back on the Egyptians, and they won’t forget that,” Sisi told The Washington Post, referring directly to the U.S. government under Obama.

Unlike Obama, the current President’s support for a moderate, pro-Christian, Muslim is almost unquestioned, a refreshing change from Obama’s support for the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood.

And, once again, Sisi has something to say to the U.S. President.

You are standing very strong in the counterterrorism field to counter this evil ideology that is claiming innocent lives, that is bringing devastation to communities and nations, and that is terrorizing innocent people,” said Sisi in an April 3rd Oval Office meeting with Trump.

President el-Sisi has been somebody that’s been very close to me from the first time I met him,” said Trump in the Oval Office meeting. “He’s done a fantastic job in a very difficult situation.  We are very much behind Egypt and the people of Egypt.  And the United States has, believe me, backing, and we have strong backing…you have a great friend and ally in the United States and in me.”

That’s great news for a Christian minority targeted for slaughter by Obama’s allies, but that relationship will be tested during Congress’ budget process.

Support for weapons sales to the Egyptian military are certain to spark ferocious lobbying from Middle Eastern interests supportive of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Sales of helicopters, jets, surveillance equipment and other hardware essential to combatting terrorism are absolutely essential if Egypt’s Coptic community is to survive the mass killing of Christians across the Middle East.

If Sisi can succeed in exterminating the Muslim Brotherhood, it could mark a significant change in the balance of power in the region, tilting the field to moderate reformers, weakening Salafist and other jihadist movements, and allowing Christians to return to ancestral homelands.

The White House is on board.

Now it’s up to Congress to save the lives of 18 million Egyptian Christians.