Late on July 3, President Barack Obama announced his administration is reviewing U.S. military aid to Egypt.
According to The Hill, Obama also called on the Egyptian military to restore power to the “democratically elected civilian government.”
Here is how he said it:
The United States is monitoring the very fluid situation in Egypt, and we believe that ultimately the future of Egypt can only be determined by the Egyptian people. …I now call on the Egyptian military to move quickly and responsibly to return full authority back to a democratically elected civilian government as soon as possible through an inclusive and transparent process, and to avoid any arbitrary arrests of President Morsi and his supporters. Given today’s developments, I have also directed the relevant departments and agencies to review the implications under U.S. law for our assistance to the government of Egypt.
Obama said that regarding decisions on future assistance, his administration will “look at the regional picture with [U.S.] vital national security interests in mind.”
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