August 6th, 2013
12:00 PM ET
9 months ago

McCain calls ouster of Egyptian president a 'coup'

Cairo (CNN) - U.S. Sen. John McCain says this summer's ouster of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy was a coup, a description that goes against the statements so far from the Obama administration.

The White House has avoided using that term for the Egyptian military's ouster of Morsy.

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  1. rs

    Perhaps an accurate statement as it goes, but unfortunate as it really muddies the water. Calling Morsy's ouster a coup calls into question U.S. financial support of Egypt, and it appears to have the U.S. supporting the Muslim Brotherhood (something historically the nation has not officially done). All this demonstrates just how complex foreign policy is in the post-Arab Spring Middle East!

    August 6, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Uh, oh. This is not going according to plan. McCain has gone off script.

    August 6, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  3. Data Driven

    McCain's correct.

    But I'm sure he also believes we should continue to give Egypt $1.3 billion per year, coup or no. The sun must never set on the American Empire.

    August 6, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  4. Boo

    McCain is a fine example as to why we need term limits. VOTE ALL INCUMBENTS OUT!

    August 6, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  5. Pam from Iowa

    trying to defend your relationship with Morsy are we Senator McCain???

    August 6, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  6. Gurgyl

    Who are you to poke your nose in their affairs?

    August 6, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  7. talldarkfree

    As expected, he's "war hungry" again! Guess his investment portfolio is down a bit, since our Great Prez Obama pulled troops out of Iraq, and Afghanistan on the way....so obvious McCain! He should have used Graham to make the statement, not that it would be any more viable....

    August 6, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  8. PJ

    @rs:

    I was thinking the same, but
    did McCain just undercut the President–again? Isn't there a law that says financial aid must be stopped if a
    coup occurs, which is why the President never called it a "coup".
    I think McCain 'stepped in it', but I'm not sure.

    August 6, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. I'm NOT a liberal

    That's exactly what it is.

    By the definition of a coup that is what it is UNLESS you're a democrat then I'm sure you'll change the definition of the word.

    August 6, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  10. I'm NOT a liberal

    This administration supported Morsy. I'm sure democrats will back off that one also.

    August 6, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  11. just sayin

    yeah... obama throwing our allies under the bus for these islamic militants sure has worked out well hasn't it?!! obam ahas singlehandedly set back the middle east 50 years. when you didn't think the middle east could get worse, along comes an inexperienced community organizer to totally muck up the works.

    August 6, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  12. just askin

    Data Driven
    McCain's correct.
    But I'm sure he also believes we should continue to give Egypt $1.3 billion per year, coup or no. The sun must never set on the American Empire.
    ---

    of course we should still give them the money. without it the country would implode. we are still on good terms with the military and let's face it, they are the only thing keeping egypt from becoming another iran. i guess you would prefer the country go radical and then attack israel? in the middle east, you sometimes need to get your hands dirty because none of the options are clean ones.

    August 6, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  13. Egyptian-American

    Respect to John McCain for this. It's good to see that there are still non-hypocritical American politicians.

    August 6, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  14. max schlagzeuger

    what would it take for McCain and Graham to just STAY in Egypt...

    August 6, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  15. Thomas

    We pay Egypt to be nice to Israel .

    McCain is not a diplomat , he is a hawk .

    August 6, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  16. rs

    PJ

    @rs:

    I was thinking the same, but
    did McCain just undercut the President–again? Isn't there a law that says financial aid must be stopped if a
    coup occurs, which is why the President never called it a "coup".
    I think McCain 'stepped in it', but I'm not sure.
    __________________________________________
    Most certainly- but that was an inherent risk in sending McCain and Graham in the first place.

    August 6, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  17. A.girgis

    Mr McCain does not want to pay US $ help to the Egyptian people to be real allies to the US in the Middle East , he would rather pay it to the terrorist group called the Moslem Brotherhood instead

    August 6, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  18. Mohammed

    Ha ha ha.

    Big laughs.

    The whole world is missed up.

    Another clear example on how the strongest of systems fall down willingly with absolute denial for justice and moralities, and why?

    Come on world! YOU KNOW WHY.

    (Fain would they extinguish Allah's light with their mouths, but Allah will not allow but that His light should be perfected, even though the Unbelievers may detest (it).)

    (Said Moses to his people: "Pray for help from Allah, and (wait) in patience and constancy: for the earth is Allah's, to give as a heritage to such of His servants as He pleaseth; and the end is (best) for the righteous.)

    August 6, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  19. Gurgyl

    Doesn't he learn by removing Saddam Hussain in Iraq entire middle east is DESTABILIZED? Why this nonsense. Those nations are better off that way.

    August 6, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  20. lolo

    McCain still does not realize he was rejected for president. I wish these old Rhinos would give it up. Please vote in 2014 America. Enough of this foolishness the GOP/TP are pulling.

    August 6, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "Uh, oh. This is not going according to plan. McCain has gone off script."

    I dunno. I'm tempted to think McCain is doing exactly what he was sent there by Obama to do (and why McCain and Graham were the ones he chose to go): send a message Obama can't send outright. Calling it a coup establishes the threat of withdrawing funding if they don't get it under control right quick by having democratic elections, but the POTUS can't be seen as making directly lest it appear like we're exerting control and influence over those elections and their outcome. Nobody really wants to stop aid to Egypt given that it's one of our biggest allies in the region, but the threat of doing so could be helpful in forcing them to seek a democratic solution to these problems sooner rather than later. Maybe that's reading a little too much into it, given McCain's penchant for running his mouth lately, but there's a reason Obama chose him and Graham in particular to go over there.

    August 6, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  22. just sayin

    Gurgyl
    Doesn't he learn by removing Saddam Hussain in Iraq entire middle east is DESTABILIZED? Why this nonsense. Those nations are better off that way.
    -–

    wow... just wow. so something that happened in iraq nearly 10 years ago destabilized egypt today??? you sure it wasn't obama throwing our ally hosni mubarak under the bus and putting egypt under the control of the muslim brotherhood??? yes, you know that is the real cause of the problem in egypt. obama destabilized it intentionally.

    August 6, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  23. tomj

    They should oust McCain from the US Senate. The last thing we need is a warmongering nut in the senate

    August 6, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  24. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    U.S. Sen. John McCain says this summer's ouster of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy was a coup, a description that goes against the statements so far from the Obama administration.
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    Okay Rudy NYC didmn't I tell you yesterday that McShame and Graham were clowns that did NOT care about projecting or promoting THIS administration's views and stance vis-a-vis Egypt?
    God only knows why in the hell the President sent THEM to Egypt in the first place when he should realized that all these two warmongers want is to place themselves dab smack in the middle of the limelight for their OWN aggrandizement, NOT the benefit of our country.
    McShame is incapable, as is Graham of NOT putting his foot in his mouth because he is EGO driven NOT driven by the best interests for our country and much less willing to show Egypt that he stands in united support with THIS President.
    Fools.

    August 6, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  25. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Rudy NYC

    Uh, oh. This is not going according to plan. McCain has gone off script.
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    Yeah, ya think?
    Maybe now you'll understand why I posted what I posted yesterday Rudy.
    These two are more interested in themselves and their egos than on being sent emmisaries of THEIR President.
    They are ROGUES of the worst kind.

    August 6, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
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