Obama orders review of aid to Egypt; wants civilian authority restored
By MATTHEW LEE and LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press July 3, 2013 6:16PM
Opponents of Egypt's Islamist leader Mohammed Morsi celebrate outside the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 3, 2013. A statement on the Egyptian president's office's Twitter account has quoted Mohammed Morsi as calling military measures "a full coup." The denouncement was posted shortly after the Egyptian military announced it was ousting Morsi, who was Egypt's first freely elected leader but drew ire with his Islamist leanings. The military says it has replaced him with the chief justice of the Supreme constitutional Court, called for early presidential election and suspended the Islamist-backed constitution. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he’s ordered his administration to review U.S. foreign aid to Egypt after the nation’s military ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.
Obama says he’s “deeply concerned” by the military’s move Wednesday to topple Morsi and suspend Egypt’s constitution. But he’s not calling the move a coup.
By law, the U.S. must suspend aid to any nation whose elected leader is ousted in a military coup.
Obama says in a statement that the U.S. isn’t picking sides. He says he’s calling on Egypt’s military to return authority to a democratically elected civilian government as soon as possible. He’s urging the military to avoid arbitrary arrests of Morsi or his supporters.