Sen. Rand Paul has filed legislation to stop the United States from sending aid to Egypt’s government, deeming the military’s overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi a “coup d’etat” despite President Obama’s and other leaders’ reluctance to do so.
U.S. officials have been walking a fine line in their approach to unrest in Egypt.
Mr. Morsi’s policies and his Muslim Brotherlood-led government upset Washington, although U.S. officials had cheered when long-time president Hosni Mubarak was deposed amid popular unrest in 2011.
Mr. Morsi had been democratically elected in the wake of the protests, leading the White House to look the other way when he was ousted while criticizing the military actions that got the north African country to this point.
Mr. Paul has been more blunt about the situation. This week, he said the Senate should have heeded his prior attempts to cut off aid to Egypt.
“Egypt is the latest example of the Obama Administration’s misguided foreign policy,” Mr. Paul said. “The overthrow of the Egyptian government was a coup d’état, and the law is clear that when a coup takes place, foreign aid must stop. But, the president still plans to continue to send aid to Egypt, at a pace of more than $1.3 billion per year.”