Salma Islam is a British journalist who has been based in Cairo since 2013. She focuses mainly on Egyptian politics, culture and society. Salma has a background in British politics, and was a political consultant in London before moving to Egypt.
Weeks after Donald Trump welcomed him to the White House and praised his good work, Egypt's Abdul Fattah al-Sisi quietly gave himself new powers that judges and rights groups say threaten whatever Egyptian court independence remains.
Her US lawyer says engagement with the Egyptians by the Trump and Obama administrations, as well as by Congress and advocacy groups, helped win her release.
Tahrir Square revolutionaries compare Donald Trump to Egypt’s jailed President Mohammed Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood leader who decreed himself unlimited powers and was toppled by the military a year into his term.
American-Egyptian Aya Hijazi and her husband have been in Egyptian prison for almost 1,000 days. Rights groups are concerned the US government will stop pressuring Egypt on the case after Donald Trump takes office.