President Trump and his aides succeeded in negotiating the release of Aya Hijazi, 30, a U.S. citizen, as well as her husband, Mohamed Hassanein, who is Egyptian, and four other humanitarian workers being held in an Egyptian prison.
Last Sunday, a court in Cairo dropped all charges against Hijazi and the others. Trump dispatched a U.S. government aircraft to Cairo to bring Hijazi and her family to Washington. They arrived yesterday.
The Obama administration had unsuccessfully pressed Sissi’s government for the release of these good souls who had been caring for abandoned and impoverished children in Cairo.
They were sent to prison without a shred of evidence, possibly because their work highlighted Egypt’s miserable record in caring for its own street children. In prison, they were allegedly abused at the hands of prison guards.
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.