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Friday, April 21, 2017

An Egyptian American charity worker who was imprisoned in Cairo for three years and became the global face of Egypt's brutal crackdown on civil society returned home to the United States late Thursday after the Trump administration quietly negotiated her release. President Trump and his aides worked for several weeks with Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi to secure the freedom of Aya Hijazi, 30, a U.S. citizen, as well as her husband, Mohamed Hassanein, who is Egyptian, and four other humanitarian workers. Trump dispatched a U.S. government aircraft to Cairo to bring Hijazi and her family to Washington.

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Hijazi, who grew up in Falls Church, Va., and graduated from George Mason University, was working in Cairo with the Belady Foundation, which she and her husband established as a haven and rehabilitation center for street children in Cairo.

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Excellent werk, President Trump!

#1 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2017-04-20 11:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

👍🏻

#2 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2017-04-21 06:06 AM | Reply

Excellent work cooperating with a brutal dictator scumbag Trump. We give billions to those people, it should have taken five minutes and one phone call to secure her release. Noles thinks that The President of the United States should beg at the feet of an unelected dictator. Just sad. And then just give him billions of our tax dollars which he uses to oppress his own people. Noles is a sick puppy.

#3 | Posted by danni at 2017-04-21 08:35 AM | Reply

Danni, even a jackass can do good things once in a while. Like you said, this could have been a five minute phone call, but she's been there for three years. The last administration didn't get her out. Give a little credit for this one. We can't bash on everything. It starts to lose meaning.

#4 | Posted by JimDuncan at 2017-04-21 09:56 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

"Danni, even a jackass can do good things once in a while."

Hitler invented the Volkswagen-- so basically there would be no 'Herbie The Love Bug' if it wasn't for him.

#5 | Posted by pumpkinhead at 2017-04-21 10:06 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Exactly, did people jump on him about the car, or the other horrible things he did? Rightfully, the other things.

#6 | Posted by JimDuncan at 2017-04-21 10:10 AM | Reply

Glad Trump was able to do this... the seemingly only positive that can come from cozying up with dictators and tyrants.

#7 | Posted by klifferd at 2017-04-21 11:58 AM | Reply

I'm glad she's out but to accomplish this Tillerson had to basically cozy up to a murdering dictator.

www.vox.com

#8 | Posted by danni at 2017-04-21 12:14 PM | Reply

I'm glad she's out – but. That doesn't make sense. Danni, you're one of my favorite posters. Why so bitter on this one issue?

#9 | Posted by JimDuncan at 2017-04-21 02:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

As long as no money changed hands, kudos to the Trump administration.

#10 | Posted by e1g1 at 2017-04-21 03:47 PM | Reply

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I'm glad she's out – but. That doesn't make sense. Danni, you're one of my favorite posters. Why so bitter on this one issue?

#9 | POSTED BY JIMDUNCAN

Because we had to basically give them a free pass to becoming a dictatorship.

SMALL price to pay for getting someone out of jail, right?

WORST DEAL EVER.

#11 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-04-21 03:57 PM | Reply

Look I am with JimDuncan on this one - it is a great accomplishment to bring our wrongfully imprisoned people home. We shouldn't flame Trump for that.

Danni is correct with a "But" though - at what cost? Trump is heaping praise on brutal Dictators constantly. Frankly I wonder what we gave Egypt for this other than our "strong backing". The Vox article spells it out pretty well this kind of move only strengthens the radicals.

#12 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2017-04-21 04:20 PM | Reply

..worth repeating "We can't bash everything, it looses it's meaning"
bravo

#13 | Posted by hobart at 2017-04-21 04:39 PM | Reply

Wow, he didn't even have to send them a pallet of cash either.

#14 | Posted by visitor_ at 2017-04-21 04:48 PM | Reply

Finally...winning a little bit.
Not surprised Trump was able to deal with a brutal dictator. He's good at sucking up to them.

#15 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2017-04-21 04:50 PM | Reply

But I do want to remind my Conservative friends here about the heaps of scorn they put upon Obama when he was able to free prisoners abroad.

#16 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2017-04-21 04:51 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Whatever the cost. If not dollars, then some other trade off. I guess we'll find out eventually. Knowing Trump, it wasn't pure altruism. It's too soon to say "regardless" but I'm glad six people are out of there and back home no matter who did it.

Are any Egyptians now being released from Gitmo ~ to return to the battlefield? I wonder.

#17 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-04-21 04:55 PM | Reply

We might never know what was exchanged for the release. Nobody is stupid enough to think they got nothing in return. They got SOMETHING. The question is how much it will cost us later

#18 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-04-21 04:55 PM | Reply

Remind us all how this Egyptian dictator came to power in the first place before looking askew Trump for negotiating with him.

#19 | Posted by visitor_ at 2017-04-21 05:19 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Just another 18 to go

#20 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2017-04-21 06:22 PM | Reply

We give billions to those people, it should have taken five minutes and one phone call to secure her release.
#3 | POSTED BY DANNI

Obama must've been too incompetent to figure that out while the American humanitarian worker was imprisioned in Egypt during O's presidency.

#21 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2017-04-21 11:01 PM | Reply

GONOLES

Obama was anything but incompetent. But maybe he didn't own a private golf club with a $200,000 membership fee to guarantee access to his omnipotent self by some wealthy and well connected Egyptian.

Or maybe Obama didn't own any overpriced condominiums he could sell to some wealthy and well connected Egyptian for the mere price of $1,000,000 to $35,000,000 dollars (location, location, location) to funnel into Donald's personal bank accounts and thus be the recipient of Donald's gratitude.

As we all know, Trump isn't known for altruism unless there's something in it for him. My guess is the "world's best negotiator" profited a tidy sum in this deal.

Lot's of people want his ear and Donald is more than willing to sell ~ for the right price. Much like a high priced whore, we know what Donald is. The only thing left to negotiate is how much he charges.

#22 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-04-22 05:12 AM | Reply

"Excellent work cooperating with a brutal dictator scumbag Trump. We give billions to those people, it should have taken five minutes and one phone call to secure her release."

Danni, then why didn't Obama make that call.

This kind of comment only confirmed your irrational partisan hatred.

#23 | Posted by jamesgelliott at 2017-04-22 07:22 AM | Reply

There are still 19 Americans being held in Egypt. 1 freed out of 20? That's some pretty piss poor negotiating if you ask me

And when did the "right" start advocating we negotiat with dictators?

#24 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2017-04-22 09:33 AM | Reply

#24 Reading is fundamental.... Freed 6 wrongly imprisoned people.

#25 | Posted by ABH at 2017-04-22 10:46 AM | Reply

#25 Yes reading is fundamental. 6 people were freed but only 1 was American. 19 Americans remain imprisoned As well as thousands of Non-Americans swept up after the coup

#26 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-04-22 04:38 PM | Reply

Danni, then why didn't Obama make that call.

#23 | POSTED BY JAMESGELLIOTT

That's easy, stupid. Obama wouldn't give his consent for the brutal dictator to do whatever he pleases to his own people. Trump did.

End of Story.

#27 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-04-22 08:44 PM | Reply

Given Syria that's an amazing bit of cognitive dissonance and projection.

#28 | Posted by visitor_ at 2017-04-23 08:45 AM | Reply

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