An American citizen who was imprisoned in Egypt for three years has been released after pressure was applied by the Trump administration.
An Egyptian American charity worker who was imprisoned in Cairo for three years and became the global face of Egypt’s brutal crackdown on civil society returned home to the United States after the Trump administration quietly negotiated her release.
President Trump and his aides worked for several weeks with Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi to secure the freedom of Aya Hijazi, 30, a U.S. citizen, as well as her husband, Mohamed Hassanein, who is Egyptian, and four other humanitarian workers. Trump dispatched a U.S. government aircraft to Cairo to bring Hijazi and her family to Washington.
The Washington Post, ever the liberal stalwart, added, “The Obama administration unsuccessfully pressed Sissi’s government for their release..” Uh huh. I’m sure Obama fought tooth and nail to get our citizens released. /sarcasm
The couple and their co-workers had been incarcerated since May 1, 2014, on child abuse and trafficking charges that were widely dismissed by human rights workers and U.S. officials as false. Virtually no evidence was ever presented against them, and for nearly three years they were held as hearings were inexplicably postponed and trial dates canceled. Human rights groups alleged that they were abused in detention. (H/T – Kevin)
Look, I don’t agree with everything President Trump does, but the effort he has put forth so far has been nothing less than incredible. This is reminiscent of the transition period between Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. America is strong again, and both our allies and enemies know it.