President Trump brags in a new interview that he secured the release of Egyptian-American aid worker Aya Hijazi from captivity after “10 minutes” with Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
"As you know, President Obama tried to have Aya released for three and a half years," Trump told the Washington Examiner.
“I was with President el-Sisi for 10 minutes. During that 10-minute session, I said it would be a great honor for this country and I think it would be a very positive step if Aya were released."
Hijazi was detained in Egypt in 2014 on charges of human trafficking that were widely dismissed by the international community. The Obama administration had previously lobbied Egypt for her release without success. The news of her release came after Trump’s meeting with the Egyptian leader in early April.
Trump told the newspaper that el-Sisi is a “good man” and that the gesture was “fantastic.”
“I know that he didn't like President Obama, and I know President Obama did not like him. But I do like him. And I thought it was a great and brilliant gesture,” Trump said.