President Donald Trump got the Egyptian government to free Aya Hijazi, who is a US citizen, from Egyptian imprisonment.
Hijazi was just released with several other humanitarians, including her husband.
Per Daily Wire:
“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,” reportsThe Washington Post.“Trump dispatched a U.S. government aircraft to Cairo to bring Hijazi and her family to Washington.”
Trump apparently succeeded where former president Obama failed. The Post continues:
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.
The release follows Trump’s effort to restore relations with Egypt, as well as Defense Secretary James Mattis touring the area:
Hijazi’s release comes as Secretary of Defense James Mattis tours the Middle East and reasserts America’s alliance with Sunni partners that have felt abandoned and neglected by the Obama administration’s diplomatic pivot toward Shiite Iran.