Charity Worker Detained in Egypt for 3 Years Credits Trump for Release

An Egyptian-American charity worker returned home to the Washington, D.C. area Thursday night after spending three years in an Egyptian jail over what human rights groups say were bogus charges.

A freed Aya Hijazi got the opportunity Friday morning to shake hands with President Donald Trump, who her lawyer said helped to secure her release.

“First and foremost, there have been countless number of people advocating for Aya Hijazi’s freedom,” Wade McMullen told NBC News. “I think Trump and his team deserve credit for making this a priority at the most critical time in her case.”




Aya Hijazi, an Egyptian-American woman detained in Egypt for nearly three years on human trafficking charges, shakes hands with U.S. President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, April 21, 2017.