Washington (CNN) - Former Republican Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty kept up his criticism of the Obama administration Sunday, calling their response to the crisis in Egypt "nearly incoherent."
"Before his administration spoke like a tower of Babel with multiple voices saying multiple things, they should have had one message," Pawlenty said Sunday on ABC's "This Week." "Instead you had the president, the vice president, the secretary of state, the national intelligence director going off in different directions saying nearly incoherent, at least inconsistent things."
Washington (CNN) - Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said the creation of an Egyptian democracy would have a lasting effect in the region, but advised Egyptians to take their time setting up a new government.
"If the Egyptian people can create a democracy in the heart of the Arab world it will be a more significant contribution to civilization than the great pyramids," Graham said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."
Washington (CNN) - Republican Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Saturday he was "mortified" to hear a top Obama administration official describe Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood as a "largely secular organization."
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper made the remark in testimony before a House panel on Tuesday. His office later clarified the statement through a spokeswoman, saying that the Muslim Brotherhood was participating in Egypt's secular political system and that Clapper "is well aware that the Muslim Brotherhood is not a secular organization."
Washington (CNN) - If members of the media are wondering what to get Sarah Palin on her birthday, they should look no further than the former Alaska governor's Twitter account.
Palin, who turns 47 today, wrote tonight "Media: ask "Will Obama Admin exert as much 'constructive' pressure on Iranian govt to change & allow freedom ~ as they just did for Egypt?"
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama signaled clear U.S. support for protesters who have convulsed Egypt for more than two weeks, saying Thursday night that "in these difficult times, I know that the Egyptian people will persevere, and they must know that they will continue to have a friend in the United States of America," according to a White House statement.
Washington (CNN) - Donald Trump had no sympathy Thursday for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and expressed optimism that events in Egypt will not affect the world economy.
"So far, things are looking alright," Trump told a small group of reporters before delivering a political speech before a gathering of Republicans. Mubarak spoke to his country on Thursday and said he had delegated powers to his vice president but did not step down from the presidency.
Washington (CNN) - A White House official told CNN that Vice President Biden’s tough new language in a conversation with Egypt’s VP Omar Suleiman is part of an effort to be “as specific as possible.”
The two leaders spoke by phone Tuesday about the transition process that will shape Egypt’s future.
(CNN) – Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich said he's "concerned" about the Obama administration's handling of the situation in Egypt and what he sees as a divide between the White House and diplomat Frank Wisner.
"I think the fact that they appointed a very able diplomat Frank Wisner and within two days were publicly contradicting him is you know so amateurish," Gingrich told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King. "I was with John Bolton (former ambassador to the United Nations) last night. He said it's inconceivable that they would be this clumsy and this out of sync. I mean just with themselves, forget the Arab world. They can't even get the White House and their special envoy to be on the same page."
Washington (CNN) - Egypt faces a "bumpy" process in its transition from decades of repressive rule to a multiparty democracy, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday in signaling U.S. backing for a more deliberate approach to political negotiations.
In a briefing with reporters, Gibbs repeated the U.S. insistence on meaningful change in Egypt, but he added that the government there should "outline a series of steps and a timeline that the Egyptian people are comfortable with."
CAIRO, Egypt (CNN) - Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq told CNN Sunday that authorities have been told "not to bother" human rights activists and journalists working at anti-government protests.
If there have been such problems, they are "not intended," Shafiq told CNN's Candy Crowley.