Whatever happened in their meeting, it must have been a pretty big deal for her to be released from a President who had formally stated “Aya Hegazy is a judiciary matter, as a president I don’t have the authority to intervene”.
“We are very happy to have Aya back home,” President Trump remarked, “It’s a great honour to have her in the Oval Office with her brother.”
A senior administration official told the Washington Post that behind the scenes, President Trump told top aides, “I want her to come home.’ More importantly, the official said there was “no quid pro quo offered for her release,” i.e., it was not a trade off.
However, Antony Blinken, the former deputy Secretary of State under President Obama, said that “while he’s pleased Hijazi has been released, he’s skeptical that al-Sissi received nothing in return for her freedom.”
But this wouldn’t have been the first time Trump performed the impossible – he made a spectacular performance at the UN in December (the passing of UN Resolution 2334), without actually being in the room.
So Who is Aya Hegazy?
Aya Hegazy (the American aid worker imprisoned for three years in an Egyptian jail) was released by Abdel Fattah al-Sissi’s government late April. The deal was brokered at the White House on April 3rd. and she was released two weeks later. Her trial acquittal came on the 17th after her trial charges were dropped on the 16th.
The Background Story: On March 23, the Cairo Criminal Court adjourned the hearing of the case against the Belady Foundation for the Care of Street Children to May 21, 2016. The special committee summoned to review the evidence has claimed it was not qualified to do so. This is the sixth time the trial has been postponed. The eight defendants, including Egyptian-American Aya Hegazy and her husband, Mohamed Hassanein, have spent nearly two years in pretrial detention. They face charges ranging from running an unlicensed organization to sex trafficking and child abuse.
Basically, Aya was facing trumped up charges, and Trump lobbied for Aya Hegazy’s release with al-Sissi behind closed doors.
So who is al-Sissi? Al-Sissi helped orchestrate the Egyptian coup – and in the aftermath of the ousting of former President Mohamed Morsi in 2013, Egypt banned the Muslim Brotherhood and labeled the group a terrorist organization. Reasons for demanding Morsi’s resignation included accusations of increasing authoritarianism and his pushing through an Islamist agenda disregarding the predominantly secular opposition or the rule of law. Prior to Morsi, however, Hosni Mubarak had been in power for 30 years. He was ousted in the 2011 protests.
Around the time of April 3rd 2017, however, Trump was being criticized for giving the appearance of not taking “human rights” seriously. The New York Times said that al-Sissi’s government has persecuted “violent and nonviolent Islamist groups with equal zeal and without due process. It has maligned and harassed human rights activists, rendering their work all but impossible. And it has smothered what remains of the political opposition.”
Even prior to the April 3rd White House meeting, Tim Kaine lobbied against Trump for better awareness of Egypt’s treatment of jailed NGO workers:
“We are alarmed by the repeated delays in the trial and verdict for Ms. Hijazi,” a bipartisan group of senators, led by Tim Kaine (D-Va.), wrote in a letter to Trump on Monday. “She has been unjustly imprisoned since May 2014 and held on unsubstantiated charges related to her nonprofit’s efforts to educate and rehabilitate street children.”
This extended as far as the Middle East, where Trump was criticized for granting Sissi any kind of audience at the White House:
It was hard enough for human rights organizations to get former President Barack Obama to speak up about Hegazy’s case during his second term in office. Today, under President Trump, a man that has called the most brutal dictator in modern Egyptian history, a “fantastic guy”, Hegazy’s chances for freedom have been dashed.
Two days ago, on April 3, 2017, as he welcomed al-Sissi to the White House, Trump unsurprisingly put aside concerns about Egypt’s human rights abuses. And so, Aya Hegazy, an American unjustly detained and blatantly persecuted by a foreign government, did not make the agenda. It seems, then, that Trump’s ‘America First’ principles are little more than empty rhetoric.
Note how this is after The Washington Post ran an op-ed in June 2016 stating that “the Obama administration was ignoring an American imprisoned in Egypt”!
So what happened on April 3rd, 2017?:
Cairo appeared eager to push for a stronger bilateral relationship that it perceived would do more to benefit its interests than its strained relationship with the Obama administration.
The April 3rd meeting was publicly diagnosed in having four aims:
securing U.S. support for Egypt’s counterterror interests,
pressuring the United States to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization,
promoting Egypt’s economic reform program, and
presenting Egypt as a leading regional power.
Clandestinely, however, Al-Sissi felt the US was involved in what he refers to as the “fourth generation war”, U.S.-backed subversion intended to destroy the anti-Islamist movement within Egypt, and to relinquish control once again to Hosni Mubarak’s pro-Muslim Brotherhood forces.
Fourth-generation warfare, Sissi once explained to cadets at Egypt’s military academy, occurs when “modern communication channels, psychology and the media are . . . deployed to create divisions and harm Egypt from within,” according to the website Mada Masr.
The reason why Aya Hegazy was jailed under al-Sissi’s reign is because she was pro-Muslim Brotherhood (which is not good), working against al-Sissi’s anti-Islamist agenda. This is why al-Sissi didn’t want to release her.
While not fingering any particular group, Egypt’s Justice Minister Adel Abdel-Hamid accused around 300 non-governmental organizations of channeling money from unauthorized foreign sources to some of the protesters.
But how does “fourth-generation warfare” work exactly?
“The Press Is The Enemy”:
Donald has long decried the “all-talk, no-action politicians” of yesteryear, therefore his fulfillment of proving a solution to al-Sissi’s aforementioned Palestinian/UN problem meant that Egypt could now re-establish diplomatic ties on better terms, with a base level of trustworthiness between the two.
In Egypt, after two revolutions, there’s an information war going on for their minds, and it affects Americans too! The Washington Post and the New York Times, both failing American rags, are usually a conduit in “determining” the outlook on the Middle Eastern region.
“All these newspapers used to have foreign bureaus,” [Rhodes] said. “Now they don’t. They call us to explain to them what’s happening in Moscow and Cairo. Most of the outlets are reporting on world events from Washington. The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old, and their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns. That’s a sea change. They literally know nothing.
The easiest way for the White House to shape the news, he explained, is from the briefing podiums, each of which has its own dedicated press corps. “But then there are sort of these force multipliers,” he said, adding, “We have our compadres, I will reach out to a couple people, and you know I wouldn’t want to name them — ”
Price laughed. “I’ll say, ‘Hey, look, some people are spinning this narrative that this is a sign of American weakness,’ ” he continued, “but — ”
“In fact it’s a sign of strength!” I said, chuckling.
“And I’ll give them some color,” Price continued, “and the next thing I know, lots of these guys are in the dot-com publishing space, and have huge Twitter followings, and they’ll be putting this message out on their own.”
This is something different from old-fashioned spin, which tended to be an art best practiced in person. In a world where experienced reporters competed for scoops and where carrying water for the White House was a cause for shame, no matter which party was in power, it was much harder to sustain a “narrative” over any serious period of time. Now the most effectively weaponized 140-character idea or quote will almost always carry the day, and it is very difficult for even good reporters to necessarily know where the spin is coming from or why.
The reason why the Deep State wants Egypt so badly is because it serves a crucial strategic role within the Middle East and Northern Africa.
Al-Sissi has positioned himself as a bulwark against religious extremism and a strong leader who can maintain stability in Egypt, even as neighboring countries like Libya, Yemen, and Syria have collapsed under civil wars fueled by foreign intervention. On the other hand, the importance of Egypt’s relations with the Gulf allies should not be understated, as the security of the Gulf region is a part of Egypt’s as well.
Trump knew this, as the Israeli-Palestinian peace process had been on his mind (and in his campaign promises).
After their first meeting in September 2016, Trump called al-Sissi a “fantastic guy” and touted the “chemistry” between them. A couple of months later, al-Sissi was the first world leader to congratulate Trump on his election win!
For Trump, time is of the essence because in November 2016, when Obama was still President, Egypt signed a three-year $12 billion agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that aimed to help the country achieve macroeconomic stability and promote inclusive growth. Egypt has also been negotiating funding agreements to fulfill its ambitious commitments in the IMF program with France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and other G8 member countries.
According to The Nation, “the economy is on the brink of collapse, with skyrocketing inflation, massive debt, and austerity measures that recently helped secure a stringent new IMF loan”.
But that’s not to say that Egypt is only having problems outside its borders, they’ve plenty of problems with jihadi violence right at home.
For example, al-Sissi and his government are major targets of ISIS-related terrorist attempts. Cairo has been battling militants in the Sinai since 2013; in late 2014, the militant group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis pledged loyalty to ISIS. Days later in Amman, Jordan, at the 28th Arab summit, el-Sissi called for a “comprehensive” approach to fighting terrorism in the Middle East that underlines the role religious institutions, particularly Egypt’s al-Azhar, can play in that effort.
Egyptian authorities are to try 292 Islamic State militant group (ISIS) suspects for involvement in plots to assassinate Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef.
All individuals reported by the Egyptian public prosecutor to the military judiciary are accused of being members of an ISIS affiliate in Egypt known as the Sinai Province.
The suspects are alleged to have been part of a total of 22 cells and involved in 19 attack plots, including one against al-Sissi in Egypt and one against him while on pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, according to state media.
Come to thing of it, the only ones who have a problem with al-Sissi are literal terrorists:
“We’re giving $1.5bn to an autocrat who has killed thousands of people, who has imprisoned tens of thousands of people, including Americans,” said Mohamed Soltan, an American who was jailed in Egypt for nearly two years. “We’re here to shed light on their plight.”
“We need to tell the world what kind of man Trump is bringing to the White House,” Soltan, who was jailed after attending a sit-in against Morsi’s removal in Cairo’s Rabaa al-Adawiya square, told Al Jazeera.
Hundreds of people were killed as security forces dispersed the protest on August 14, 2013. Soltan’s father, a Muslim Brotherhood official, was also arrested and imprisoned.
Mass trials have since been held for thousands of Brotherhood supporters [editor’s note: when someone is a “Brotherhood supporter, they’re literally ISIS”], and hundreds have received death sentences or lengthy prison terms.
No wonder Trump was able to strike a deal with al-Sissi, both are under constant threat of islamist extremism! But here’s why all of this is important in the first place: Aya Hegazi was attempting to give “street children” a better life. She was attempting to lift children living in poverty out of their socio-economic class, something that is taboo in the Middle East.
It has long been known that the entirety of the Middle East has been a huge boon to human trafficking. Muslims literally invented the slave trade down in Africa.
Aya sure had a lot of empathy, contrary to the fabricated police reports:
“We had no proper food. They used to show us porn movies and make us sleep with the kids who wanted to leave,” he said. Youssef testified to witnessing daily sexual assaults that were provoked by watching porn films, saying that the foundation’s administration was aware of this. He also testified to sexually assaulting a child called Kamal (who according to the forensic report was not sexually assaulted). However, Youssef negated this story when questioned at the prosecutor’s office, when he was no longer in the hands of the police.
“She was very strict about no slapping, no beating, no cursing, no cussing of these kids,” Naglaa Hosny told NPR’s Leila Fadel in 2015. And she did not allow any of the volunteers to call them awlad shawaraa — street kids. She told them they are awlad beladi — the children of my country.”
When Hijazi, Hassanein and five other people were arrested, Hijazi was hit during her interrogation.
“She did not cry,” Hosny said of her daughter. “She’s a tough one.”
But when authorities read the accusations of physical and sexual abuse of the children, “that’s when she started crying.”
But now that she’s free, her saga is mostly over. What remains is why Trump was able to orchestrate what he did at that time.
He fired Comey so as to get at McCabe (whose wife received bribes from Terry McAuliffe – friend of the Clintons!). He “appointed” Robert Mueller III as Special National Counsel over the Russia Investigation (who is a legislative “hit man”, utilizing his previous record as a means of securing whichever verdict the incumbent DOJ wants him to secure)…and he’s been confronting the CIA utilizing their very same tactics. Like Vladislav Surkov mentioned, it’s all about confusing the people so effectively that they don’t realize what’s real and what’s not anymore.
It’s long been known that the CIA owns everyone of any media influence in America (and abroad). This means that, indirectly, the CIA owns all the late-night talk-show hosts, one way or another.
In leaving for his trip to the Middle East, as well as simply not tweeting out derision against Fake News, he gave the liberal media enough rope to hang themselves (and their handlers). Each and every day the media rails against Trump, more and more people feel they’re being unfair against the President unconditionally.
Trump just didn’t necessarily feel empowered by his social status enough to tackle the CIA head-on like JFK did. See, when JFK was railing against the Press, he was actually congratulating them. JFK was the Obama of his time, charming and beloved – they also covered up his sexual impropriety.
“You have no idea what he’s been through. Dick Nixon is the victim of the worst press that ever hit a politician in this country. What they did to him in the Helen Gahagan Douglas race was disgusting.”
Unfortunately, in their haste to feel smug and superior, the liberal media is finally pushing out their last memo from the Deep State – to fire Kushner. It’s not because of the “Russian connection”, but because Trump made him out to be his political pinata. Specifically, Donald left Kushner in charge of the “Israel-Palestine” peace-process, and since the Israel-Palestine peace process is considered the bulwark of the interventionist, globalist, Deep State, ShareBlue has had an initiative to get rid of Jared at all costs.
As a member of the president’s family, Kushner had to retain a law firm to navigate him through potential legal obstacles to working for his father-in-law– specifically, an anti-nepotism law which states that “a public official may not appoint, employ, promote, advance, or advocate for appointment, employment, promotion, or advancement, in or to a civilian position in the agency in which he is serving or over which he exercises jurisdiction or control any individual who is a relative of the public official.”
But his legal counsel, WilmerHale, concluded last month that precedent was laid for Kushner by Trump’s former rival, Hillary Rodham Clinton, who won a court case in the 1990s in her fight to chair a national task force on health care reform for her husband, then-president Bill Clinton. That case found that existing law bans appointments to agencies and departments, but not within the White House itself.
The “problem” is that Trump’s detractors don’t realize that once again, they’re playing into his hands. By focusing on a non-existent Russian connection, by focusing on the son-in-law’s identity as a Jew (which is actually somewhat racist – the idea that only a Jew could solve the problem), he’s buying time he doesn’t even need to once again solve problems behind closed doors.
Since he started planning for Middle Eastern peace in September, took the beginning steps in December, and went head-on in April, he’d laid the framework before he’d even left America for his “goodwill” tour between Saudi Arabia and Israel.
People keep assuming things that are valuable to them are valuable to Trump. In harping on his “legacy in the making”, in slandering him for a Russia connection, they fail to realize that Trump doesn’t necessarily have the same goals as everyone else. His prime goal is to “fight for the American people”.
Trump might actually appreciate an impeachment if Mueller were to deliver the conditions to him. It would give him a way out, as liberal insanity day-by-day is enacting their wishful fulfillment of his murder in public. Especially since by then, 2018 at least, he would have empowered leaders like al-Sissi to finally build up their nations to be prosperous once again.
Either way, it looks like this is the continuation of a beautiful friendship.