Friday, April 21, 2017
Another Trump Success
Trump Succeeds In Freeing American Charity Worker From Egyptian Prison. Obama Had Failed.
An Egyptian-American charity worker has been released from prison in Cairo
after three years behind bars. The American citizen returned home to the
United States late Thursday.
“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
Trump apparently succeeded where former president Obama failed. The
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.
According to White House officials, this wasn’t your classic Obama-era quid
pro quo transaction or controversial prisoner exchange. Unlike Obama,