And yet another: “I’m confused,” said Ahmed Badr, 35, in USA Today. “Mr. Obama always said, ‘We support democracy.’ He should be clear. This is a coup.”
Mr. Morsi, whose whereabouts is still unknown, rose to power with the blessings of the United States. The White House won’t call his unseating a military coup, angering many of Mr. Morsi’s supporters in Egypt — and numerous politicians on Capitol Hill, who see the Obama administration’s play on words as a politically correct dodge to allow for the continuance of $1.5 billion in aid to the nation. As late as Wednesday, the administration line was still the same.
“On the issue of a coup, this is obviously an extremely complex and difficult situation,” said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday in Amman, USA Today reported. “And President Obama has made clear our very deep concern about the decision of the Egyptian armed forces to remove the president from power and suspend the constitution.”
Meanwhile, Muslim Brotherhood heads have vowed to keep up the pressure. The fresh rallies on Friday were aimed at undercutting newly seated interim President Adly Mansour’s recent statements about the protest movement.
“We will fight the battle for security to the end,” Mr. Mansour said, in his first televised address on Thursday, USA Today reported. “We will preserve the revolution.”