Newly released Egyptian-American charity worker visits Trump

An American imprisoned in Egypt for the past three years has just returned home, thanks in large part to Donald Trump's warm relationship with Egypt's brutal dictator President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

Earlier this week, a court acquitted Hijazi of charges of child abuse that were widely dismissed as bogus by human rights groups and US officials. -Egyptian citizen, is acquitted by an Egyptian court after almost three years of detention over accusations related to running a foundation dedicated to helping street children, Cairo, Sunday, April 16, 2017.

"We are very happy to have Aya back home and it's a great honor to have her in the Oval Office", President Trump told reporters.

Free after having been detained in an Egyptian jail for almost three years, Aya Hijazi was welcomed to the Oval Office on Friday in what the Trump administration cast as a diplomatic triumph. Among those on the couches were Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter; Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law; and Dina Powell, a deputy national security adviser who traveled to Egypt this week.

She was flown back to the United States on Thursday on a USA military plane, accompanied by a top White House official, a senior administration official said.


President Donald Trump is expected to sign three Executive actions Friday afternoon reviewing tax and financial regulations and potentially roll back federal oversight.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said on Friday that President Trump "directly engaged behind the scenes" to secure her released after raising the issue with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

Folks on social media couldn't help but compare this prisoner release to the one the Obama administration negotiated with Iran. She was finally acquitted by a Cairo court on Sunday along with seven others who had worked with street children. "Her vindication is proof that even small efforts to improve our world can create ripples that shake even the most entrenched authoritarian governments".

Critics had accused the Obama administration of indifference to her case. Their detention well exceeded the Egyptian legal limit of two years for pretrial and provisional detention, and human rights groups maintained they had not been allowed access to their lawyers.

The family of Hijazi, who was raised in Falls Church, Virginia, repeatedly implored the Obama administration to ask for her release. I assume you all feel the same way about Trump.


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