WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is nearing a decision on whether to curtail some U.S. financial aid to Egypt after the Egyptian military's crackdown on supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.
Top administration officials met at the White House Tuesday to review the possibility of cutting some of America's $1.5 billion in annual aid military and economic aid to Cairo, a longtime U.S. ally.
U.S. officials indicate some cuts are forthcoming. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to talk publicly about the sensitive discussions.
Tensions in Egypt have soared since the army ousted Morsi, who was the nation's first freely elected president. The July 3 coup followed days of protests by millions of Egyptians demanding that Morsi, who hails from the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, step down. Some 1,000 people have been killed in the violence that's followed.
188-w-33-(Jerry Bodlander, AP correspondent, with Josh Earnest, deputy White house press secretary)--The president is holding a closed-door session with key aides to discuss the situation in Egypt. AP correspondent Jerry Bodlander reports. (20 Aug 2013)
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181-a-07-(Josh Earnest, deputy White house press secretary, in daily briefing)-"not been concluded"-Deputy White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says the U.S. has not cut off aid to Egypt. (20 Aug 2013)
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182-a-05-(Josh Earnest, deputy White house press secretary, in daily briefing)-"been cut off"-Deputy White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says some aid is continuing to flow to Egypt. (20 Aug 2013)
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164-a-09-(George Little, Pentagon press secretary, with reporters)-"at this time"-Pentagon Press Secretary George Little says the administration says it's still reviewing options regarding aid to Egypt beyond a previously announced decision to cut off delivery of four fighter jets. (20 Aug 2013)
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