( CNN) Leaders of repressive governments, like Egypt’s and China’s, have long braced themselves for bilateral visits with American presidents and Cabinet officials, because they know they will be hearing about human rights and freedom of speech.

They have to worry about demonstrations, about the response from other members of civil society and the uncensored press. This fear have all along committed American leaders of both parties the leverage to send a strong message to foreign presidents in support of our values.

Not anymore.

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