A prosecutor in the court in a Cairo suburb read out the charges against the defendants, saying their acceptance of illicit foreign funds had "detracted from the sovereignty of the Egyptian state."
Most of the remaining American defendants continue to reside at the US Embassy compound, although nine of them were able to get out of Egypt before their departure was banned.
To be kind, Egyptian officials who spoke with their American counterparts, were simply being polite. As with many things in life, "don't listen to what people say, but rather what they actually do."
Regrettably, President Obama is being far less consistent than Egyptian rulers are. The fact that President Obama has asked so many US leaders to attempt to make the trial go away, politically, is to ask them to politicize their own judiciary.
If the US Government had any fortitude at all, it would simply notify the Government of Egypt through a Diplomatic Note that the US$1+ billion aid package appropriated for Egypt is being permanently suspended unless the charges against all 43 defendants are dropped.
As we have seen in far too many cases (i.e., Iran, Syria, Iraq, etc.), Middle Eastern countries respect two traits: Consistency and Strength. President Obama, unfortunately, has displayed neither.