July 5th, 2013
01:15 PM ET
1 year ago

State Department admits Kerry was on yacht day of Egypt coup

(CNN) - After the emergence of photographs showing Secretary of State John Kerry on his 76-foot yacht “Isabel” on Nantucket Sound on Thursday, the State Department issued an embarrassing correction Friday morning, back-tracking and acknowledging that the Secretary was in fact on the yacht on Wednesday, the day the Egyptian military staged a coup against democratically-elected Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy.

Originally, State Department officials were quick to deny a Wednesday tweet from CBS News’ Mosheh Oinounou that: “A @CBSThisMorning producer just spotted Secretary of State Kerry on yacht in the Nantucket Boat Basin. No response when she shouted ‘Morsi.’”
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Filed under: Egypt • John Kerry • State Department
July 4th, 2013
09:12 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama chose his words on Egypt carefully - for a reason

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama's statement about the Egyptian military's seizure of power is as telling for what he doesn't say as for what he does: he doesn't mention the word "coup."

He doesn't call upon the military to restore power to "the democratically elected civilian government," but rather to "a democratically elected civilian government."

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Filed under: Egypt • President Obama
Obama issues statement on Egypt
July 3rd, 2013
07:07 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama issues statement on Egypt

(CNN) - President Barack Obama called on the Egyptian military late Wednesday to "move quickly" and return full authority back to "a democratically elected civilian government as soon as possible."

Read his full statement below.
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Filed under: Egypt • President Obama
September 14th, 2012
10:32 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney adviser blames Obama for Libya, Egypt attacks

(CNN) - A top foreign policy adviser to Mitt Romney's campaign stood by his argument Friday that this week's attacks on diplomatic posts in Libya and Egypt could have been averted if Romney were president.

Richard Williamson, a former assistant secretary of state under the Ronald Reagan administration, said Romney's policies would have led to better standing for the United States among countries that saw uprisings in the last couple years.
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Filed under: 2012 • Egypt • Foreign Policy • Libya • Mitt Romney
September 13th, 2012
03:51 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney, Obama navigate Arab world turmoil

Washington (CNN) - Is this week's anti-American chaos in the Arab world going to be President Barack Obama's Jimmy Carter moment or Republican challenger Mitt Romney's John McCain moment?

The unrest so far in Libya, Egypt and Yemen - embassies attacked, an American ambassador killed, spreading protests - evokes memories of another U.S. crisis more than 30 years ago.

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Filed under: 2012 • Egypt • Libya • Mitt Romney • President Obama
Romney's political pretzel over Libya
September 12th, 2012
02:23 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney's political pretzel over Libya

(CNN) – Has Mitt Romney twisted the narrative of Tuesday's attacks at U.S. missions in Libya and Egypt?

A timeline of the events suggests Romney was wrong in his accusation that the Obama administration's "first response" on Tuesday was one of sympathy for those who started the violence itself–as the violence came after the first statement was published.
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Filed under: 2012 • Egypt • Libya • Mitt Romney
BREAKING: Obama condemns attacks in Libya
September 12th, 2012
10:51 AM ET
2 years ago

BREAKING: Obama condemns attacks in Libya

(CNN) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday condemned the attack that killed U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens in Libya.

"The world must stand together to unequivocally reject these acts," the president said, vowing justice for the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
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Filed under: 2012 • Egypt • Libya • President Obama
Romney: Obama handling of Libya, Egypt violence 'disgraceful'
September 11th, 2012
10:30 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney: Obama handling of Libya, Egypt violence 'disgraceful'

(CNN) - Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Tuesday issued a paper statement sharply critical of President Barack Obama over his handling of violence in the Middle East earlier in the day.

“I'm outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi," Romney said in the statement. "It's disgraceful that the Obama Administration's first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.”

The statement was released by the Romney campaign as the candidate arrived at the Jacksonville, Florida hotel where he was expected to spend the night.

Early Wednesday, Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt issued a statement in response to Romney's statement.

“We are shocked that, at a time when the United States of America is confronting the tragic death of one of our diplomatic officers in Libya, Governor Romney would choose to launch a political attack,” LaBolt wrote.


Filed under: 2012 • Egypt • Libya • Mitt Romney
Protesters shout 'Monica' as Hillary Clinton holds meetings in Egypt
Riot police stand guard in Alexandria, Egypt, as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attends a flag raising ceremony at the U.S. Consulate General on July 15, 2012.
July 15th, 2012
04:25 PM ET
2 years ago

Protesters shout 'Monica' as Hillary Clinton holds meetings in Egypt

Cairo (CNN) - Egyptian protesters threw tomatoes and shoes at U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's motorcade Sunday and shouted, "Monica, Monica, Monica" as she left the newly reopened U.S. Consulate in Alexandria.

Clinton said she was in Alexandria to answer critics who believe Washington has taken sides in Egyptian politics. There were already vocal protesters at the start of her visit to the consulate, forcing the ceremony to be moved inside.

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Filed under: Egypt • Hillary Clinton
BLITZER’S BLOG: Arab Spring, who would have predicted?
October 20th, 2011
05:45 PM ET
3 years ago

BLITZER’S BLOG: Arab Spring, who would have predicted?

(CNN) – It’s truly amazing to see the dramatic changes that occurred in North Africa and the Middle East this year. Gadhafi, bin Laden, al-Awlaki dead. Mubarak in jail. Other despots have fled or are on the verge of being removed from power. Bashar al-Assad brutally fighting for his survival in Syria.

Anyone who would have predicted these changes a year ago would have been dismissed as weird.

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Filed under: Content Partner • Egypt • Libya • Syria • TV-The Situation Room
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