U.S. to review aid to Egypt in wake of protests
January 28th, 2011
04:52 PM ET
12 years ago

U.S. to review aid to Egypt in wake of protests

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The United States will review its aid to Egypt based on protests and the government's response, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Friday.

"We will be reviewing our assistance posture based on events now and in the coming days," he told reporters.

In a carefully worded press conference, Gibbs said that President Barack Obama has not spoken with Mubarak. When asked why the president hadn't contacted the Egyptian leader, Gibbs said "We are again, we're monitoring a very fluid situation."

Gibbs urged restraint and called for everyone involved to refrain from using violence.

The White House is "deeply concerned about the images and the events we see in Egypt today," he said.

"The situation should be addressed through concrete reforms. That's what the people of Egypt demand. That's what they deserve," said Gibbs.

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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Another year, another Bush puppet dictator collapses and President Obama is left to clean up his predecessors mess in another country. Count this one as Bush's third war that Obama must get us out of!

    January 28, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  2. grrace

    While you're at it, why don't you ask for a refund...and, while you're at it, review all the other foreign dictatorships you support.

    January 28, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  3. Inmyopinion

    Great, we give Egypt $500 millions foreign aid yearly ???? and the people are hungry and forced to take this action of violence. What happened to the policies President Bush had for Egypt, did his policies not work?????

    January 28, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  4. New Age Independant

    It's concerning that Obama has failed to speak with Mubarek. I would expect a better response than "We are again, we're monitoring a very fluid situation." Obviously Biden's downplay of the protests recently was a horrible assessment. It will be interesting to see what Obama does, if anything at all. Foreign relations was not one of his strong suits, which is supposedly why he attached Biden to the ticket. That was probably the worst decision he has made to date.

    January 28, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  5. LacrosseMom(real one)

    @ New Age: Unlike Bush, Obama respects the SOVEREIGNTY of another Nation! Let's let Egypt take care of Egypt! We have been BANKRUPTED already with the two Bush Wars! Enough.

    January 28, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  6. LacrosseMom(real one)

    @ grrace: "while you are at it, review all the other foreign dictatorships you support"???????? What are you talking about?
    The U.S. has supported Egypt for over 30 years! Obama inherited all the foreign aid commitments, all the warped foreign relations! You need to educate yourself.

    January 28, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  7. LacrosseMom(real one)

    @ Inmyopinion: FYI we have been giving Egypt AID for many, many years......... including during the Bush years!

    Amazing how ignorant the comments posted here are! You, people need to educate yourselves before blaming Obama for everything!

    January 28, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  8. 100% ETH

    Too late!!!
    America already MUSCLING Egypt with TRILLIONS of Dollars, MUCH HEAVY WEAPONS, shared practical knowledges to build ATOMIC and NUCLEAR BOMBS, MILITARY TRAININGS, free labour and high-technologies by building tall ASWAN and other DAMS, that has the capacities of TRILLIONS OF CUBIC METERS OF NILE WATER, etc.

    Here, in America, our American Veterans and reserved ARMIES doesn't have enough Money and good job to enjoy their life with their Families.

    Is it SMART????!!!!

    January 28, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  9. Donn Donlon

    President Bush... Where were you trying to go with this??? President Obama What ARE You going to do with this? I am very worried about our national security!

    January 28, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    It's concerning that a so-called "Independant" instantly attacks Obama for an Egyptian matter exacerbated by the Bush Administration.

    January 28, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  11. Sgt Schultz

    Time-out. Egypt & their neighbor Israel have both been getting a ton of $ in U.S. foreign aid for DECADES. Some in Egypt and other Arab states consider Mubarek to be a puppet of America. It's time that we end all foreign aid to the Mid-East...yes that includes Israel. That way we will not be used in anti-America propaganda or used as a scapegoat for their own problems.

    January 28, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    Agreed Sgt Schultz. Reagan Bush and Bush have been feeding the monsters for too long. Their puppet regimes in Egypt and elsewhere were given money to battle their puppet regime in Israel. All that money to them for Halliburton Oil and a promise to buy US Arms

    President Obama knows we need to end this cycle and has been doing so. This is a situation they can take advantage of.

    January 28, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    If that means Obama wants to give millions MORE in aid to Egypt......I say NOT!

    January 28, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  14. w l jones

    Look in the dept of our way of life you can see Egypt staring at us. We can not and will not let that country fail. Bless.

    January 28, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  15. Whatever

    People complain about our democracy?? They all need to shut up and be thankful that for 4 or 8 years you may be stuck with a bad President not 30 years of dictatorship!!!!

    I will say that the U.S. should provide NO MORE monetary support if Mubarak remains in power. This would be an INSTANT savings for the U.S. Get our military personnel out of that region of the world b/c it is about to go CRAZY and we do not need to police them all. For those that believe in the bible... Revelations is being revealed!!!

    GOD HAVE MERCY ON US ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 28, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  16. CB

    Some people here are starting to ask "why". Continue to do that. After a while you will stop being a Republican and Democrat, and start resembling an American. Keep doing it and you will figure out that both parties of power have supported the same agenda over the many years. Keep asking "why" and you will read more about it, educate yourself, and maybe even have the guts to take your opinions beyond the "comments" section. America is all about distrust in the government, that is why we became a free country. Keep asking why America "invests" in the mideast, and realize it has very little to do with a political party. Read history to find out why.

    January 28, 2011 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  17. A Torres

    The Egyptians do not want to see a ruling and aging leader pass his leadership position to his son and continue their dynasty. It sounds just like North Korea and what just occured up there, the difference is they have a much tigher control on the people and society.
    The Egyptians have just about broke the camels back....keep pushing....the struggle is in your hands

    January 28, 2011 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  18. kayla

    if you ask me, i don't see why is the u.s funding anybody. we are broke.

    January 28, 2011 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  19. Albo58

    Despite what that clown Axelrod claims, this administration has once again been at least a step behind during this crisis! Furthermore, it is almost certain that this administration will mishandle this issue and end up backing the wrong horse in this race...just like Carter during the Iranian Revolution!

    January 28, 2011 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    @w I Jones
    Egypt failed when George Fail Bush supported it.

    The country will not fail because the people are rising up against the regime.

    January 28, 2011 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  21. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Of course Pres. Mubarak didn't call President Obama first, he called Bush. President Obama was right in not calling Mubarak that would made it appear we were meddling and Mubarak would certainly use that excuse against the U.S. When you're weakened as Mubarak you look for any out other than yourself and he himself is their problem, not ours.

    January 28, 2011 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |