This is just great. A few minutes ago Trump met in the White House with an Egyptian-American, Aya Hijazi, that he worked to free from detention in Egypt.
Here’s their meeting in the White House:
— Fox News (@FoxNews) April 21, 2017
Here’s more on Trump’s efforts to free Hijazi and her husband:
CNN – White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Friday that President Donald Trump “directly engaged behind the scenes” to secure the release of Aya Hijazi, an Egyptian-American aid worker, and raised the issue with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
Spicer said Trump “made clear how important it was to him” that Hijazi be released and returned to the United States.
“Today, the President is proud to be welcoming her back to the White House and happy that she is back home on American soil,” Spicer said.
Trump was briefed on Hijazi’s case early in his term and directed his national security team to take steps to secure her release, he said.
Earlier Friday, a senior White House official confirmed to CNN that the administration had quietly helped negotiate the release of Hijazi and her husband, who had been detained in Egypt for three years.
A Cairo court on Sunday acquitted Hijazi of child abuse and human trafficking charges after she had spent nearly three years behind bars.
Details of the release, which were first reported by The Washington Post and later confirmed by CNN, include that it was facilitated through meetings between Defense Secretary James Mattis and Egyptian President al-Sissi.
A military aide to Trump escorted Hijazi and her family back to Washington on a military plane, according to the administration official.
According to the Post, Hijaz and her husband landed in Washington on Thursday at 10 p.m. ET and she is scheduled to meet Friday with Trump, his daughter, Ivanka Trump, and his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner. That meeting is not listed on the official White House schedule.
“As far as the release of the American citizen, she was found innocent in the Egyptian courts, and appropriately she is returned home,” Mattis told reporters Friday in Tel Aviv. “We were happy to hear she was found innocent.”
According to Fox News:
Hijazi, a dual national, was born in Egypt and grew up in Falls Church, Virginia, a Washington suburb. She received a degree in conflict resolution from George Mason University in 2009.
After years of watching Americans suffer in prisons around the world, it’s good to see that Trump and his administration has actually freed someone.