Congress Argues Over Egyptian Aid Cutoff

Congress Argues Over Egyptian Aid Cutoff

On the Sunday news shows, members of Congress argued over whether Egypt’s military takeover of the government should be considered a “coup” under US law necessitating a cutoff in American aid to the country. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), appearing on CBS’ Face the Nation, stated, “It was a coup, and it was the second time in two-and-a-half years that we have seen the military step in. It’s a strong indicator of the lack of American leadership and influence since we’ve urged the military not to do that….Reluctantly, I believe that we have to suspend aid until such time as there is a new constitution and a free and fair election. We can’t — Morsi was a terrible president. Their economy is in terrible shape thanks to their policies but the fact is the United States should not be supporting this coup and it’s a tough call.”

Meanwhile, on Fox News Sunday, Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) said, “On a practical basis we have to look and ask the very simple question, ‘Will cutting off aid accelerate or enhance the opportunities and the chances to have a truly democratic government?’ I don’t think so. I think, also, there are other strategic issues at play…I think we have to be very, very careful in terms of suspending aid or cutting it off.”

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