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"The Obama administration unsuccessfully pressed Sissi’s government for their release. It was not until Trump moved to reset U.S. relations with Egypt by embracing Sissi at the White House on April 3 — he publicly hailed the autocrat’s leadership as “fantastic” and offered the U.S. government’s “strong backing” — that Egypt’s posture changed. Last Sunday, a court in Cairo dropped all charges against Hijazi and the others."
This is not out of the goodness of Sissi's heart, we just made "friends" with him as we have done many times with leaders that do not share our core values. I'm glad he's home, but resetting this relationship seems to have been at a higher cost for the US.
So where was this thinking during the Arab Spring when journalists walked around trying to get Egyptians to say nice things about President Obama?
I should also point out that it is a cornerstone of realism that foreign leaders do not do things in order to make people feel good inside but that they have their own interests which range from pure selfishness to just being patriotic.
So even though you are trying really hard to use this to discredit Trump, this is a win for America.