April 21, 2017
Washington, D.C. – Trey Yingst, OAN Chief White House Correspondent
American citizen Aya Hijazi returned to the United States Thursday night after spending the last three years in an Egyptian prison.
According to a Senior White House official, her release was directly facilitated by President Trump.
The 30 year old native of Virginia was working for a nonprofit in 2014 when she was accused of human trafficking and taken into custody. Despite telling authorities that her job was to help street children, Hijazi was held without bail.
Multiple attempts were made during the Obama administration to negotiate her release, but all were unsuccessful. Her case was brought up earlier this month when Egyptian President el-Sisi visited the White House, but no updates were given on the status of negotiations under the new administration.
Today, with the help of President Trump, she is free.
“The President was directly involved,” a Senior Administration Official told One America News
Hijazi is expected to meet with President Trump on Friday at the White House.