Trump: Obama ‘got zippo’ on de­tained aid worker in Egypt

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Vic­tor Mor­ton

Pres­i­dent Trump not only in­vited im­pris­oned aid worker Aya Hi­jazi to the Oval Of­fice af­ter se­cur­ing her re­lease from an Egyp­tian prison, but he used an in­ter­view with The As­so­ci­ated Press to throw shade at for­mer Pres­i­dent Barack Obama on her fate.

Ac­cord­ing to a tran­script re­leased Sun­day evening by the AP, Mr. Trump asked re­porter Julie Pace be­fore she could flesh out a question about his first 100 days in of­fice, “did you see Aya,” who had been de­tained in Egypt since 2014.

When asked if he could de­scribe how the re­lease had come about, Mr. Trump said “No, just — you know, I asked the gov­ern­ment to let her out.”

“You know Obama worked on it for three years, got zippo, zero,” Mr. Trump said.

He de­nied strik­ing any kind of deal with Egyp­tian Pres­i­dent Ab­del Fat­tah Al-Sisi dur­ing his visit to the White House ear­lier this month, say­ing “No. No deal. He was here. I said, ‘I re­ally would ap­pre­ci­ate it if you would look into this and let her out.’”

Mr. Trump greeted Ms. Hi­jazi, an Egyp­tian who also holds U.S. cit­i­zen­ship, on Fri­day shortly af­ter her re­turn to the U.S. on a mil­i­tary flight from Cairo af­ter be­ing ac­quit­ted of hu­man traf­fick­ing charges stem­ming from her work with street chil­dren.

She was ac­com­pa­nied by her brother in the meet­ing, which was also at­tended by pres­i­den­tial aides Jared Kush­ner, Ivanka Trump and Dina Pow­ell, a Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil of­fi­cial who was born in Egypt.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Pres­i­dent Trump met with Aya Hi­jazi, an im­pris­oned Egyp­tian-Amer­i­can aid worker, in the Oval of­fice on Fri­day. Ms. Hi­jazi was freed af­ter nearly three years of de­ten­tion in Egypt on hu­man traf­fick­ing charges.

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