LaHood: 'Lot of Good People Working' To Get My Son Out of Egypt

Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr. | January 26, 2012 | 5:56pm EST
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( -- Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said “there are a lot of good people working on trying” to get at least five Americans out of Egypt, including his son Sam LaHood, who have been barred from leaving the country.

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At the opening of the 69th Annual Washington Auto Show on Thursday, where he delivered a speech that emphasized the comeback of the U.S. auto industry, asked LaHood, “Given the difficult situation in Egypt with your son being held up there, would you care to comment on -- is this the relationship that the Obama administration envisioned or expected in their support for the Arab Spring?”

LaHood said, “Well, there are a lot of good people working on trying to get these folks on airplanes, so we’ll see how it works out.” further asked, “Okay.  And if the situation escalates, what do you think the course of action would be by the administration?”

LaHood: “We got a lot of good people helping us.”

The secretary’s son, Sam LaHood, is barred from leaving Egypt, unable to board an airplane and reportedly on a government “no-fly” list.  Sam LaHood is the director of the Egyptian program for the International Republican Institute and has been in Egypt monitoring government elections, the first since the Mubarak regime was overthrown last February.

The Egyptian government has been investigating the alleged “foreign influence” over the elections and the current “no-fly” situation has escalated from what began first as a raid on U.S. non-governmental organization offices by security forces.

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