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Trump intervention frees U.S. citizen held three years in Egyptian prison
Accused of human trafficking, she was actually trying to improve the lives of street children.
I never lit into Barack Obama more viciously than I did the day we learned how Kayla Mueller died, and it still makes me angry when I think about it. Caught up in a hostage situation with Doctors Without Borders, this young American Christian woman was just trying to help others and hurting absolutely no one. But Obama not only refused to help her, he threatened to prosecute her family if they paid the ransom demanded for her release.
So she was tortured and killed. If I get started again on what this says about Obama, I'll start turning red and gritting my teeth, so instead I will happily report that our new president is already giving us very different outcomes to such situations:
An Egyptian-American woman detained in Egypt for nearly three years on human trafficking charges was flown back to the United States on Thursday on a U.S. military plane, accompanied by a top White House official, a senior administration official said.
Aya Hijazi, an Egyptian who holds U.S. citizenship, was acquitted by a Cairo court on Sunday along with seven others who had worked with street children. Hijazi was released from jail on Tuesday, having been held for nearly three years.
She was flown to Joint Base Andrews, the U.S. military airfield on the outskirts of Washington.
President Donald Trump had privately asked Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to help out in the case when Sisi visited the White House on April 3, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Today she arrived at the White House and met with the president himself. It was a wonderful moment, as you can see from the look on her face:
Without knowing the particulars of the case, these charges against Hijazi sound about as trumped up as you're ever going to hear. She did finally get a trial and was acquitted, but to hold her for three years seems inexcusable considering the nature of the case and its ultimate outcome. And even by Egyptian law, it was illegal for her to be held for trial for more than two years.
This is especially true when you know the real story of Hijazi, who formed a non-governmental organization called Belady whose entire purpose was to help street children improve their lives. I suppose you could see how someone dealing with children on the street could momentarily get caught up in a sting against human trafficking. But authorities should have been able to quickly sort out what was really going on so Hijazi could have been released.
Instead, she sat in a cell for 33 months.
By the way, the aforementioned Barack Obama was president for 30 of the 33 months this U.S. citizen sat in an Egyptian prison on absurd charges. What did he do to help? From all indications, nothing. Donald Trump spoke personally to the president of Egypt about it and a week later Hijazi came back to the U.S., on a military plane, accompanied personally by one of Trump's top advisors.
It's a shame Donald Trump wasn't president when Kayla Mueller was still alive. He may have been able to save her life. He certainly would have tried, or at the very least not threatened for family for trying on their own. But now I'm getting pissed off again. Thank God for Aya Hijazi's freedom, and thank God for President Donald Trump.
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