August 14th, 2013
11:33 AM ET
12 months ago

White House reacts to Egypt violence

(CNN) - The violence seen in Egypt Wednesday is a step in the wrong direction, White House deputy spokesman Josh Earnest said Wednesday.

The administration has been in touch with representatives of the government, he said. The White House is reviewing its assistance to Egypt and has urged Egypt's interim leaders to respect the basic human rights of the Egyptian people, he said.


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  1. Data Driven

    Stop payment. Since we no longer prop up a puppet in Egypt who supports Israel because we tell him to, I really don't see the point.

    August 14, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    Do you think there is no violence in India? Indian mujihuddin? What does USA do–just ignore and keep going focussing on OUR ECONOMY. Enough intrusion into other national affairs.

    August 14, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  3. Fair is Fair

    Has the White House acknowledged it as a military coup yet?

    August 14, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  4. RIchard Long

    Like the US is the bastion of 'democracy':
    We silence our news sources with our NSA
    We spy on our own civilians
    We use our Tax Enforcement Agency as a political weapon.

    The US just needs to butt out and fix our own issues...

    August 14, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  5. rla

    This is an ongoing revolution and the Egyptain people have state that they don't want Shria nor the Brotherhood thugs- Help these people or get out of the way !

    August 14, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  6. Anonymous

    @Fair is Fair
    Has the White House acknowledged it as a military coup yet?
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    Nope! What happened was the dictionary definition of coup. Kinda like Fort Hood was the definition of a terrorist attack and NOT workplace violence.

    August 14, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  7. PJ

    Don't we have an obligation to do all we can to keep the peace agreement between Egypt and Israel in tact?
    If we deny aid, which we are obligated to do by law if we declare this act a "coup", what would keep the
    agreement working?
    Like it or not, we have to have some kind of influence in the Middle East for our own protection, don't we?

    August 14, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  8. just saying

    this is all the result of obama throwing our ally mubarak under the bus. yes he was a dictator but some of these arab countries need that strong hand at the top to keep a lid on the situation and make sure the radical islamists don't take over. now, thanks to obama, we have chaos in what used to be a stable ally. nice going community organizer.

    August 14, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  9. Larry in Houston

    The White House should learn from a few of Ron Paul's ideas . . .
    #1 ) do not send them ANY $$$$$ (ever)
    #2 ) do not interfere with another countries business
    #3 ) Let them kill each other, as long as it does not interfere with the U.S.
    #4 ) now, there won't be any "peace talks" by the time they kill enough people. There should be enough land for the Mormons / Shiites / catholics / muslims / Lutherans / baptisits / or any religion that I may have missed.
    Shall I go on ? Hope you know where I'm going with this comment.

    August 14, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  10. truth hurts but reality bites

    Why isn't Obama speaking out strongly for the groups supporting democracy and against those supporting the imposition of Sharia law? If he doesn't support the Egyptian military we will lose our last thread of influence in Egypt and the country will be lost to the Muslim Brotherhood. So far, Obama hasn't made a single correct call in Egpyt.

    August 14, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  11. Tampa Tim

    If I was a damn fool, I would agree with 'just saying.'

    August 14, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "this is all the result of obama throwing our ally mubarak under the bus"

    Oh really? And how could Mubarak have stayed in power? Hmmm? Tell us precisely what Obama could and should have done to make it so, and keep in mind that a full explanation and argument should also include an accurate description of the fallout that your suggested course of action would have and how it could and would be contained. Ready? Go.

    *crickets*

    August 14, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  13. Ashley Elisabeth

    I love the soft .PC language the White House uses. Obama however knows there is an agreement protect the peace agreement between Egypt and Israel intact. However when any extreme, radical faction takes over...then this is what happens.

    August 14, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  14. Fair is Fair

    PJ

    Don't we have an obligation to do all we can to keep the peace agreement between Egypt and Israel in tact?
    If we deny aid, which we are obligated to do by law if we declare this act a "coup", what would keep the
    agreement working?
    Like it or not, we have to have some kind of influence in the Middle East for our own protection, don't we?
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    Our definition of a coup cannot change depending on what country it occurred in. Why even bother having aid stipulations if we pick and choose anyway?

    August 14, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  15. Guest

    Failed policy yields failed results. Obama should stick to phony racism allegations and talk show appearances. Anything else exceeds his ability and experience.

    August 14, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  16. Mikey

    @truth hurts but reality bites – "Why isn't Obama speaking out strongly for the groups supporting democracy and against those supporting the imposition of Sharia law?"
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    This is one of those cases where it really helps to know just a little of what you're talking about. I'm no foreign policy expert, but I do believe it was the Muslim Brotherhood that won the democratic election. How do you deal with that? His statment reminds me a little of the Conservatives who used to constantly say things like, "I support Democracy over Communism" without any clue that one is a political system and the other an economic system. Makes you want to support public education even more.

    August 14, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  17. just saying

    Sniffit
    --
    this is all the result of obama throwing our ally mubarak under the bus"
    --
    Oh really? And how could Mubarak have stayed in power? Hmmm? Tell us precisely what Obama could and should have done to make it so
    -

    obama should have worked with mubarak to achieve a slower, more controlled process to reliquish control and movement towards true democracy. instead obama totally undermined him in favor of the muslim brotherhood. everybody on the planet, including the community-organizer-in-chief, knew the muslim brotherhood was the only organized party and would come out in control of the country. and sure enough they did and started taking egypt down the path to sharia an islamic state. obama just has no clue whatsoever.

    and all of this happened while hillary clinton was secretary of state. thi swhole situation is one massive failure for them both.

    August 14, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  18. Mikey

    @Fair is Fair – "Has the White House acknowledged it as a military coup yet?"
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    There are real world consequences to how we characterize what is going in in Egypt and elsewhere. The White House and State Department don't have the luxary of living in your ideologically pure world. This is the problem with you extremist Conservatives – everything is boiled down to simplistic black and white choices that are too simplistic to solve the real life, subtle, complex problems in the real world that exists outside your bubble... but i'm sure the nonsense will just keep flowing anyway.

    August 14, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  19. I'm NOT a liberal

    How long will this administration continue to support the terroriss in the middle east?

    August 14, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  20. I'm NOT a liberal

    This administration can't admit it's a coup or anything else based in reality.

    Their actions favor the terrorists just ask the Ft. Hood victims.

    August 14, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  21. Marie MD

    @judt saying, speaking of throwing anybody under the bus . . . Iraq was a disaster, thousands were killed and are dying on an almost daily basis because of the shrub's WMD lies. Those are terrorists doing the bombings.
    @im not a liberal, thank god, the US has been supporting dictators for decades. We don't have to go any further than 90 miles from our shores to Cuba. If instead of sugar Cuba had oil castro would have never been allowed to take over after Batista.

    August 14, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  22. truth hurts but reality bites

    Mikey
    Conservatives who used to constantly say things like, "I support Democracy over Communism" without any clue that one is a political system and the other an economic system. Makes you want to support public education even more.
    -–

    Wow.... so communism is now an "economic system"?!! I think it is you junior that needs more education. Your statement is a very sad commentary on our leftist, union controlled and run public school system. You might want to check with some of the millions of people in the old Soviet Union and Eastern Block countries that had to live under this system. There was nothing economic about it.

    August 14, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  23. just saying

    Marie MD
    Iraq was a disaster, thousands were killed and are dying on an almost daily basis because of the shrub's WMD lies. Those are terrorists doing the bombings.
    -–

    thousands are dying on a daily basis in iraq??? gee, must have missed that headline. you honestly can't be that stupid can you? iraq is still together and a fragile democracy. i suppose you would have preferred hussein still be in control and really killing thousands a day to maintain his grip on the country? i think if you would ask the people of iraq which they woul dprefer, they would far prefer what they have now. you leftists are so delusional. you simply deny realities that conflict with your hardened prejudices and biases.

    August 14, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |