In his time as President, Barack Obama notoriously traded FIVE senior Taliban members for the U.S. Army deserter, Bowe Bergdahl.

Meanwhile, American citizens were being held in foreign prisons with little or no due process, and without receiving proper aid from the United States.

One citizen in particular was Aya Hijazi, an Egyptian-American charity worker and Virginia native who was in Egypt with her husband running a center for abandoned and impoverished children in Cairo.

She and her husband, Mohamed Hassanein, were arrested on unsubstantiated charges, denied a trial, and allegedly abused while in prison.

Obama failed to negotiate the couple’s release or even secure them a hearing. They were in prison for three years, along with several of their organization’s volunteers.

President Trump however, after prioritizing this case for a few weeks and meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, has succeeded in securing their release.

Even better than securing an American citizen a fair trial, after their meeting, all charges were dropped against the couple and the volunteers of their organization who were arrested alongside them.

They were released, and arrangements were made on both American and Egyptian ends to bring Aya Hijazi home.

The Washington Post reported:

The dropping of charges set in motion the release of Hijazi and Hassanein from custody and their journey to the United States, which was personally overseen by Trump and detailed Thursday by the senior administration official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the national security sensitivities of the case.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and deputy national security adviser Dina Powell, who were already planning to visit Egypt this week, met with Sisi on a range of topics. Meanwhile, Trump also sent his military aide, Air Force Maj. Wes Spurlock, to escort Hijazi and her family on the plane home to Washington.

Hijazi and Hassanein reunited with the Hijazi family in Cairo this week, and as Mattis traveled on to Israel, Powell, who was born in Egypt and has helped smooth relations between the two countries, stayed behind to accompany the group, the senior administration official said.

The travelers touched down at Joint Base Andrews about 10 p.m. Thursday. Hijazi and her brother, Basel, are scheduled to visit the White House on Friday to meet with Trump and his daughter, Ivanka, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who had followed Hijazi’s plight, the senior administration official said.

Trump’s exceptional diplomacy was credited for this ideal outcome.

Members of his administration describe the negotiations as “discreet”, ensuring Egypt was not embarrassed nor further provoked during the proceedings.

The President worked to build a solid relationship with Sisi, giving the United States a better position to negotiate from.

The administration even stated there was “no quid-pro-quo” or bargaining used to secure American citizen Aya Hijazi’s release. This was a simple matter of repairing diplomacy.

The Washington Post reported:

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who said he recently advocated for Hijazi’s release in his own talks with Sisi and was briefed on the latest negotiations, said Trump “handled it the way things like this should be handled.”

“The United States can sometimes lead with things, and do it publicly, [in ways] that are offensive to people and likely not get the kind of result that we’d like, whereas working it quietly and making it a priority, but doing so in a way that is not a public embarrassment to the other party, that’s the way they worked this,” Corker said in an interview Thursday.

The Obama administration met heavy criticism for failing to protect American citizens abroad, from an Iranian-American pastor imprisoned in Iran for two entire years before Obama would demand his release, to United States veteran, Sergeant Andrew Tahmooresi, who was wrongly jailed in Mexico for 214 days after a simple misunderstanding.

By contrast, Donald Trump quietly provided $25,000 to Sgt. Tahmooresi to aid him in restarting his life after the ordeal.

Then-President Obama’s excuse for not personally intervening in Sgt. Tahmooresi’s detainment was a hectic schedule, though his critics pointed out he had plenty of time during the Sergeant’s ordeal to attend Democratic Party fundraisers, and play his 200th round of golf (which coincided with Tahmooresi’s 200th day in prison).

President Trump’s recent actions in the case of Aya Hijazi’s imprisonment are further reaching than just restoring one American woman’s freedom.

The negotiation of her return could be a sign we are going back to the days of safe international travel for Americans.

It is speculated that Hijazi and the members of her charity were arrested because their work cast Cairo in a poor light, bringing attention to the impoverished conditions many children were living in.

Under previous presidents, American citizens would never have been imprisoned to be made an example of in another country’s civil crackdown.

Hopefully, America will be respected by other nations for its strength again.