An Egyptian-American woman who had been held in Egypt for nearly three years returned to the United States after the Trump administration negotiated for her release, a process in which President Donald Trump was individually involved, according to the White House.
“The president directly engaged behind the scenes on her behalf and made it clear to the Egyptian president how important it was to him that this American be released and returned,” press secretary Sean Spicer said on Friday.
Trump brought up the issue, which had plagued the Obama administration for more than two years, during a private meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi at the White House earlier this month.
Aya Hijazi, an aid worker and the founder of a nonprofit organization that aimed to help homeless children in Cairo, flew to Joint Base Andrews outside of Washington, D.C., on a U.S. military plane Thursday night, The Washington Post reported. She was accompanied by Dina Powell, President Donald Trump’s deputy national security adviser, and her family.
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