Trump meets beaming US aid worker he helped free from Egyptian prison after Obama petitions failed

President Donald Trump accomplished something without fanfare Thursday that his predecessor apparently couldn’t.

The author of “The Art of the Deal” closed one of the most important deals of his life when he negotiated the release of an Egyptian-American charity worker who had been rotting in a Cairo jail cell for three years.

The president and his staff had been working for the release of Aya Hijazi, 30, a U.S. citizen, her Egyptian husband, Mohamed Hassanein as well as four other humanitarian workers, according to The Washington Post, which reported:

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.


The Obama administration’s petitions to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to release the prisoners were unsuccessful. As late as last December, Egyptian authorities challenged the notion that Hijazi was being held on bogus charges.

It wasn’t until Trump stepped in and reset American-Egyptian relations that any headway was reached.

The process of shoring up relations began on April 3, when Trump welcomed el-Sisi to the White House and announced at a joint press conference that he was “very much behind” the Egyptian president.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and U.S. President Donald Trump
Source: sereenshot

At that meeting, Trump described the el-Sisi’s leadership as “fantastic” and offered the U.S. government’s “strong backing.” Relations began to thaw at that point.

The process bore fruit last Sunday when a Cairo court announced that it was dropping all charges against Hijazi and her husband, as well as all the other humanitarian workers.

At that point Trump ordered that a U.S. government aircraft be dispatched to bring them all home.

The president met with a beaming Hijazi at the White House. Home at last!

Folks on social media couldn’t help but compare this prisoner release to the one the Obama administration negotiated with Iran. That one was little more than a ransom payment and ended up costing the taxpayers big time.

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U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said it all when he observed that President Trump “always finds a way to get it done.”


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