President Obama failed to get her release. I don't even think he tried.
Trump got the deal done in less than 3 weeks. #MAGA #Nottiredofwinning
Trump is making this president thing look easy.
"An Egyptian American charity worker who was imprisoned in Cairo for three years and became the global face of Egypt?s brutal crackdown on civil society returned home to the United States late Thursday after the Trump administration quietly 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.
Hijazi, who grew up in Falls Church, Va., and graduated from George Mason University, was working in Cairo with the Belady Foundation, which she and her husband established as a haven and rehabilitation center for street children in Cairo.
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 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.
?It?s been a roller coaster of emotions the past couple of days,? Basel Hijazi said in a telephone interview Thursday from aboard the plane. ?We?re crying with relief to have them out.?
He added: ?We?re very grateful that President Trump personally engaged with the issue. Working closely with the Trump administration was very important for my family at this critical time. It let us be reunited as a family. We?re so grateful.?
Obama could never have gotten that done. He fully supported the Muslim Brotherhood take over of Egypt, who were subsequently thrown out of office and replaced by al-Sissi. al-Sissi wouldn't give Obama the time of day.