After being imprisoned by the Egyptian government for years on end, an American woman and her Egyptian husband were finally set free. They arrived at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Thursday evening, and they are supposed to meet with President Trump at the White House by Friday.
Aya Hijazi and Mohamed Hassanein were just two of the six aid workers who were imprisoned in 2014 relating to allegations of child abuse and human trafficking.
Former president Obama and his administration tried numerous times to negotiate with the Egyptian government to release the prisoners, but it is President Trump who is being thanked for stepping in to set them free. The husband and wife as well as the rest of the aid workers say that Trump is responsible for finally getting them back on American soil.
Hijazi’s brother, Basel, said “It’s been a rollercoaster of emotions the past couple of days. 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.”
It was only earlier this month that President Trump and his administration has Abdel Fatah Sissi, president of Egypt, to the Whitehouse for the purpose of reducing tensions. A court in Cairo officially dismissed all charges against the aid workers last Sunday.
Defense Secretary James Mattis along with deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell went to Egypt to discuss this very issue. Trump gave an official order for a government-funded plane to Egypt to transport the couple back to the U.S.
The married couple are expected to visit Trump, his daughter Ivanka, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, on Friday.