"It was never about me like it was never about us. It's about his ego," Aya Hijazi said, referring to her 2017 meeting with President Donald Trump.
Mohamed Ali's videos condemning the corruption of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi's regime sparked violent protests in September.
The New York Times said it was forced to turn to Ireland to help one of its reporters escape imminent arrest in Egypt, because the Trump administration failed to act.
Banning an overwhelmingly peaceful, pro-democracy movement will serve neither U.S. interests nor the cause of the stability in the Middle East.
With the death of President Morsi, whatever was left of the West's democratic legitimacy in the Arab world fades away.
Officials reportedly fear the possibility of an eruption of anti-government protests marking the eighth anniversary of the 2011 Egyptian revolution in January.
A crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood has been shockingly successful, and now Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is turning to his remaining critics.
Sisi had previously denied that the crash that killed 224 people was caused by ISIS.
Anti-terrorism law gives authorities sweeping powers to ban groups for harming national unity