(CNN) – President Barack Obama said on Thursday that while United States aid to Egypt is unlikely to influence the military government's crackdown on protests, there is "no doubt that we can't return to business as usual."
"My sense with Egypt is that the aid itself may not reverse what the interim government does," Obama said in an exclusive interview with CNN "New Day" anchor Chris Cuomo.
Louisville, Kentucky (CNN) – Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday he sensed a "tipping point" because of the Egyptian military's behavior and predicted a vote soon to block US military aid even though a proposal to do just that was roundly defeated only weeks ago.
"I think we've all kind of reached a tipping point," the Kentucky Republican said when asked by CNN . "We've appreciated our alliance with Egypt. The Israelis have certainly thought it was important for the Camp David Accords to be adhered to.
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Washington (CNN) – More than half of all Americans say the U.S. should cut off military aid to Egypt, according to a new poll.
And a Pew Research Center survey conducted Thursday through Sunday, as violence surged between the country's ruling military and supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsy, also indicates that half the public says President Barack Obama hasn't been tough enough towards Egypt's military.
(CNN) – It’s high time for the United States to cut off its $1.3 billion in aid to Egypt as the military regime cracks down violently on protesters, Sen. John McCain argued Sunday.
The Arizona Republican added the U.S. has lost its credibility in the region after failing to follow its own law that requires suspending aid to states overtaken by a military coup–though the U.S. has not officially described the recent regime change in Egypt as a coup.
Washington (CNN) – President Obama on Thursday sharply criticized the Egyptian military's deadly crackdown. In doing so, he also acknowledged an administration bet gone bad.
No, the administration still won't use the term "coup" to describe the forced ouster of Egypt's democratically elected government. But, in the president's words, "the United States strongly condemns" the action of an interim government it was counting on to take a measured path after seizing power.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama spoke out against violence in Egypt Thursday, saying the United States "deplored" violence against civilians.
The speech was a call for calm on both sides.
A senior White House official told CNN's Jake Tapper that Obama was briefed on the situation in Egypt by National Security Adviser Susan Rice Wednesday.
Washington (CNN) - The United States should stay out of Egypt.
That seemed to be the sentiment from Americans regarding the upheaval in the Middle East nation after Egypt's military deposed President Mohamed Morsy, according to polling conducted last month, prior to the outburst of violence this week.
(CNN) – President Obama said Thursday the United States "deplores" the violence against civilians in the recent Egyptian military crackdown against protests in Cairo.
He said the United States believes the Egyptian government's "state of emergency should be lifted" and a process of reconciliation must begin.
He also announced the cancellation of Bright Star - next month's joint U.S.-Egyptian military exercise.
(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.
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.