U.S. senators McCain, Graham to arrive in Egypt during political stalemate
August 5th, 2013
07:35 AM ET
12 months ago

U.S. senators McCain, Graham to arrive in Egypt during political stalemate

Cairo (CNN) - In an attempt to break through the political impasse in Egypt, U.S. senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham are expected to arrive in Cairo on Monday to meet with Egypt's interim leaders.

The two Republican senators will meet with interim President Adly Mansour, Defense Minister Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and interim Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy, said Egyptian foreign affairs spokesman Badr Abdelatty.

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Filed under: Egypt • John McCain • Lindsey Graham
Senate rejects Rand Paul-backed plan to end Egypt aid
July 31st, 2013
11:47 AM ET
12 months ago

Senate rejects Rand Paul-backed plan to end Egypt aid

(CNN) - The Senate on Wednesday defeated a proposal to cut off U.S. aid to Egypt. The measure, pushed by Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky in the wake of the military takeover in Egypt, only got the backing of 13 senators.

The measure would have shut off $1.5 billion in aid to Cairo.
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Filed under: Egypt • Rand Paul
McCain, Graham heading to Egypt at president's request
July 30th, 2013
06:53 PM ET
12 months ago

McCain, Graham heading to Egypt at president's request

Washington (CNN) - Republican Sens. John McCain, R-Arizona, and Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, plan to go to Egypt at President Barack Obama’s request as soon as next week, Graham confirmed to CNN.

“We were talking to the president a week or two ago and he said if this continues to deteriorate, we are going to need to reinforce our message here, and he thought if it came from us it would be even more powerful,” Graham said.
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Filed under: Congress • Egypt • John McCain • Lindsey Graham
Senate set to vote on Egypt aid
July 29th, 2013
07:07 PM ET
12 months ago

Senate set to vote on Egypt aid

Washington (CNN) – The turmoil in Egypt is poised to land on the U.S. Senate floor this week. Sources in both parties confirm to CNN that Democratic leaders have tentatively green-lighted a vote on whether to cut off $1.5 billion in aid to Cairo.

The proposal from Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, is not new. A similar measure of his received just 10 votes last fall. This week's version is not expected to pass either, but a Democratic senate leadership aide said Monday they expect it to get more support than last time, following the military takeover in Egypt.
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Filed under: Egypt • Senate
Feinstein concerned about Egypt’s future
July 28th, 2013
10:55 AM ET
12 months ago

Feinstein concerned about Egypt’s future

(CNN) - After dozens died in weekend protests in Egypt over the ouster of President Mohamed Morsy, Sen. Dianne Feinstein - the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee - said she’s worried for the first time about the future of the country.

“I think this is a real point of definition of what kind of Egypt is going to come out of this. For the first time, I am very concerned,” Feinstein said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
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Filed under: Dianne Feinstein • Egypt
White House: no immediate cut in U.S. aid to Egypt
July 8th, 2013
04:27 PM ET
1 year ago

White House: no immediate cut in U.S. aid to Egypt

Washington (CNN) - When is a coup not a coup?

According to White House spokesman Jay Carney, when it is an "incredibly complex and difficult situation" involving key Middle East player Egypt that requires more time to figure out what response would be in the best interest of the United States as well as promoting democracy in Egypt.

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Filed under: Bob Menendez • Egypt • Jay Carney • John McCain • President Obama
Bush sees positives for U.S. in Egypt, Arab Spring
July 7th, 2013
02:49 PM ET
1 year ago

Bush sees positives for U.S. in Egypt, Arab Spring

(CNN) – When the dust settles from the protests in Egypt and other Arab nations, the resulting political balance will be favorable to the United States, former President George W. Bush predicts.

"I think (it's) a good thing," he said in an interview with ABC News broadcast Sunday, speaking broadly about the Arab Spring, the string of protests in the Middle East and North Africa stretching back more than two years.
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Filed under: 2013 • Egypt • George W. Bush
U.S. not interfering in Egyptian transition, ambassador says
July 7th, 2013
11:50 AM ET
1 year ago

U.S. not interfering in Egyptian transition, ambassador says

Washington (CNN) - The Obama administration has not voiced support for any particular person to head Egypt's next government, the country's top envoy to the United States said Sunday, amid conflicting reports that an opposition leader would be installed as prime minister this weekend.

Mohamed Tawfik, the Egyptian ambassador to the U.S., told CNN that the Obama administration had "absolutely not" indicated it would back any candidate, including Mohamed ElBaradei, who is expected to be named prime minister.
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Filed under: 2013 • Egypt
Obama discusses 'fluid' Egyptian situation with national security team
July 7th, 2013
07:59 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama discusses 'fluid' Egyptian situation with national security team

Washington (CNN) - With developments in Egypt looming over his weekend trip to Camp David, President Barack Obama held a conference call with his national security team Saturday as the administration deals with what it calls "the very fluid situation."

The meeting came on a day of growing leadership questions in Egypt, as Mohamed ElBaredei for hours was reported to be on the brink of becoming Egypt's interim prime minister, but those reports were later denied.

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Filed under: 2013 • Egypt • John Kerry • President Obama
July 5th, 2013
04:13 PM ET
1 year ago

Kerry again swamped by nautical controversy

(CNN) - When it comes to public relations, John Kerry can't seem to keep his head above water.

After initially denying the report, the State Department released a correction Friday morning acknowledging that the Secretary of State was indeed yachting on Wednesday, the day Egypt's first democratically elected President Mohamed Morsy was overthrown by a coup staged by the Egyptian military.
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Filed under: Egypt • George W. Bush • John Kerry • State Department
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