An Egyptian-American charity worker has returned home after three years of being held in a Cairo prison on charges that were generally seen as false. Thanks to intervention from the Trump administration, she is finally home and safe.
Aya Hijazi became the nominal face of Egypt’s “brutal crackdown on civil society” and has fortunately returned home this Thursday after the Trump administration silently 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 Obama administration unsuccessfully pressed Sissi’s government for their release. It was not until Trump moved to reset U.S. relations with Egypt by embracing Sissi at the White House on April 3 — he publicly hailed the autocrat’s leadership as “fantastic” and offered the U.S. government’s “strong backing” — that Egypt’s posture changed. Last Sunday, a court in Cairo dropped all charges against Hijazi and the others.
This is a major win for the Trump administration and demonstrates the President’s commitment to U.S. citizens and his dedication to working peacefully to secure rights for his people.
Thank you, President Trump.