This doesn’t happen very often.  But mark today as one of the times.

Mainstream media are almost uniformly praising President Trump for negotiating, then securing the release of Ms. Aya Hijazi, a dual American Egyptian citizen* who went to Egypt intending to help poor children, but was tossed in jail on a variety of  – bad pun here – trumped up charges.  Mr. Trump’s efforts resulted in the release of her husband, an Egyptian national, and four other workers as well.

You can read all about it here.

Congratulations to the Trump administration – and to media for, at least this once, reporting something about Trump & Co. in a favorable light.


* I suspect some readers are surprised that there is such a thing as dual USA-Egyptian citizenship.  That is because, for years, Israel haters have pointed to the dual citizenship of some Jews as “proof” they are not loyal to the United States and made it seem as though Israel is the only country where this exists.  In fact, dozens of countries have dual citizenship with the United States.

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  • I saved this article from CBS/AP yesterday to see if they changed it later.

    CBS/AP April 19, 2017, 8:52 AM
    Egypt frees U.S. charity worker Aya Hijazi from prison

    Aya Hijazi, center, a dual U.S.-Egyptian citizen, is acquitted by an Egyptian court after nearly three years of detention over accusations related to running a foundation dedicated to helping street children, in Cairo, Egypt, April 16, 2017.

    CAIRO — The lawyer of Egyptian-American charity worker Aya Hijazi says she has been released from prison after nearly three years of detention.
    Taher Abol Nasr told The Associated Press she was released late Tuesday, two days after a court acquitted her of charges of child abuse that were widely dismissed as bogus by human rights groups and U.S. officials.
    Hijazi and her husband had established a foundation to aid street children, but were arrested along with six others in 2014. It was not immediately clear whether her co-defendants were also released.

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    Trump praises Egyptian strongman

    President Trump did not publicly mention the case when he met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi earlier this month, but a senior White House official had said ahead of the meeting that the case would be addressed.
    Authorities arrested Hijazi, her husband and six others in May 2014 on charges of abusing children that were widely dismissed as bogus by human rights groups and senior U.S. officials, who called for her release.
    The arrests came as part of a wider clampdown on civil society especially following the military overthrow of an elected Islamist president in 2013. Prosecutors provided little if any evidence to support the allegations.
    © 2017 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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