Obama Cancels Joint Military Exercises With Egyptian Military
In a rebuke to the chaos that is gripping Egypt, President Obama announced the cancelation of joint military exercises with the Egyptian military during a statement given from Vineyard Haven, MA. This is a shift for an administration that appears to be unfazed with the civil unrest in Egypt.
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But the real question remains: Will the financial aid keep flowing into Egypt?! Now that would be a REAL rebuke!
VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass. — President Obama, deploring the military-led Egyptian government’s deadly crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood protesters there, said on Thursday that the United States would pull out of scheduled joint military exercises with the Egyptian Army.
“While we want to sustain our relationship with Egypt, our traditional cooperation cannot continue as usual while civilians are being killed in the streets,” Mr. Obama said in remarks delivered from his rented vacation home on Martha’s Vineyard.
“The Egyptian people deserve better than what we’ve seen over the past several days,” the president said, adding that the “cycle of violence and escalation needs to stop.”
Mr. Obama’s announcement, though less sweeping than other potential steps like suspending $1.3 billion in American military aid to Egypt, is the first concrete American response to the violence, which American officials for weeks have urged the Egyptian authorities to avoid.
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