Apr 21, 2017

Egyptian American prisoners freed thanks to Trump

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Egyptian American charity worker, Aya Hijazi — who has been imprisoned in Cairo for three years and became the international face of Egypt's crackdown on civil society — was released late Thursday following a series of quiet negotiations between Trump and Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi.

Flashback: Hijazi, her husband, and four other humanitarian workers were held on child abuse and trafficking charges that were broadly dismissed as bogus by human rights workers and U.S. officials. The Obama administration tried, and failed, to pressure Sissi to free them. But as the Washington Post points out, it wasn't until Trump moved to reset U.S. relations with Egypt that Sissi considered releasing the group.

Between the lines: Trump's focus on repairing relations between the U.S. and foreign countries has helped him become more successful with his international policy goals. The president's attitude toward the leaders of China, Turkey, Israel and Russia have largely departed from that of Obama.

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The latest: George Floyd protests nationwide

Police officers wearing riot gear push back demonstrators outside of the White House on Monday. Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AFP via Getty Images

Protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people continued for a seventh day across the U.S., with President Trump threatening on Monday to deploy the military if the unrest continues.

The latest: Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser criticized federal police in a tweet Monday night for using munitions earlier in the day "on peaceful protestors in front of the White House, an act that will make the job of (DC Police Department) officers more difficult." "Shameful!" she added as she urged residents to go home and stay safe.

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The world watches America burn

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The world is watching the grief and anger, violence and pain in America's streets.

The big picture: The U.S. accounts for nearly one-third of the world's deaths from COVID-19. The killing of a black man, George Floyd, by police has sparked days of protest and nights of chaos in America's major cities.

Trump walks to historic St. John's Church outside White House as protests rage

President Trump walked to the historic St. John’s Episcopal Church, located just steps away from the White House across Lafayette Park, on Monday night as protests linked to the murder of George Floyd raged across the capital and cities around the country.

What we're seeing: Military police and park rangers used physical force and tear gas on peaceful protestors to clear the area so that Trump could "pay respects" to the church that was damaged by a fire on Sunday.