President Trump shakes hands with Aya Hijazi, an Egyptian-American aid worker at the White House Friday in Washington, D.C. "Thank you very much".
Trump arranged for a government aircraft to transport Aya Hijazi, 30, and her husband, Mohamed Hassanein, back to the United States, with the couple and family arriving late on Thursday.
"Hijazi brought the best of her American education and values to Egypt in an attempt to make the world a better place", Kerry Kennedy, president of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights (RFKHR), and Wade McMullen, RFKHR attorney, wrote in the Huff Po.
The breakthrough in Hijazi's case comes after the president earlier this month welcomed Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to the White House.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met today in Cairo with Egyptian officials and discussed security threats facing the North African nation and ways to boost bilateral security cooperation.
As Mattis travelled on to Israel, Powell and military aide Air Force Major Wes Spurlock accompanied Hijazi, Hassanein and their family.
President Trump welcomed an Egyptian-American charity worker freed after almost three years of detention in Egypt on Friday. "We're crying with relief to have them out". It let us be reunited as a family.
A previously-canceled House Intelligence Committee hearing to receive testimony from three former top Obama administration officials about Russia's attempts to influence the 2016 election is back on for next month.
According to the Washington Post, Hijazi became the global face of Cairo's alleged brutal crackdown on civil society, particularly on human rights group that received foreign funding.
Since toppling President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in mid-2013, Sisi's government has cracked down on the opposition, killing hundreds of Brotherhood supporters and jailing thousands. After the coup, Obama withheld aid from Egypt - for decades, the second- largest recipient of US military assistance, after Israel, at more than $1 billion a year.
During a briefing for reporters Friday, Spicer emphasized that after Trump was briefed on Hijazi's detention earlier this year he directed his administration to work behind the scenes on the issue.