President Donald Trump’s last-minute intervention allowed an all-girl robotics team from Afghanistan to come to the United States. More important, it enabled the high schoolers to achieve what few female Afghans are able to: represent their country on an international stage.
“I feel so happy that I can’t describe in words,” team member Fatemah Qaderyan told The Post at Washington Dulles International Airport Saturday.
“We felt so disappointed (when we were denied visa) because our team members had worked very hard for six months,” the 14-year-old added.
Trump’s involvement drew praise from White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, who said in a tweet Saturday morning that while others talk, the president acts.
“Thank you, @POTUS, for helping these girls. Others talk (and talk and talk). You act,” she posted.
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