This past week President Trump proved that he is the great negotiator he promised he would be while on the campaign trail. Trump was able to negotiate the release of Aya Hijazi, a United States citizen, from the Egyptian prison she had been held in for three years without a complete trial. Before her, her husband, and seven other workers were detained on child abuse charges, Ms. Hijazi ran a nonprofit organization that cared for homeless children in Egypt. Hijazi was in prison for four months before she was charged at all.
Clearly, there was no evidence to substantiate such claims. Human rights lawyers and U.S. officials have insisted such accusations lacked credible evidence. In fact, it’s been reported that most evidence against her and her employees was gathered by using “coercive interrogation techniques.” One child that testified against Aya even wrote to her in prison, apologizing for his statement against her and claimed it was done under duress.
According to Aya’s brother Basel Hijazi:
“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.”
Not only was Hijazi freed, but it appears the president was able to once again normalize international relations with Egypt following the icy relationship under former President Obama.
Speaking on the matter with the Associated Press, President Trump appears to be quite pleased with the freeing of Aya Hijazi. Trump said, “You know Obama worked on it for three years, got zippo, zero.” When asked if there was any deal made with Egyptian authorities in order to secure her release, the President said, “No. No deal. He was here. I said, ‘I really would appreciate it if you would look into this and let her out.’”