President Trump was able to secure the release of an American aid worker who was imprisoned in Cairo for three years, something that Obama couldn’t achieve during his stint in the white house.
Aid worker Aya Hijazi flew back to the U.S. last week and thanked the president in person during a visit to the oval office.
The Trump administration credits this accomplishment to a new approach in foreign policy based on “treating [foreign leaders] with respect.” This is a change in tack from former President Obama’s methods, which often involved giving the cold shoulder to governments he disliked.
As reported in the Daily Caller:
The White House downplayed Hijazi’s return so as not to embarrass the Egyptians, a prideful people. Though she was at the White House Friday, there was no public ceremony or remarks — just a flash of cameras in the Oval Office before reporters were quickly whisked out of the room. Press secretary Sean Spicer kept his comments to a minimum when he briefed reporters later.
In a dramatic break with the last eight years, Trump invited Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi to the White House within the first 100 days of his presidency. The president, who many thought would have a diplomatic style that was pushy and blunt, wanted to rehabilitate the relationship between the two countries.
Obama had refused to meet with Sissi, citing Egypt’s poor human rights record. After meeting with Trump, the Egyptian president agreed to pardon Hijazi and allow her to return to America.