“We are going to take the time necessary to review what has taken place,” said White House press secretary Jay Carney, when asked directly whether President Obama views the regime change as a coup. “This is an incredibly complex and difficult situation.”
He said “tens of millions” of Egyptians had legitimate grievances with Mr. Morsi’s “undemocratic” form of governing.
“We need to be mindful of our objective here, which is to assist the Egyptian people in their transition to democracy and” protect U.S. national security interests, Mr. Carney said.
Several congressmen, including Sens. Patrick Leahy, Vermont Democrat, and John McCain, Arizona Republican, have called for at least a review of the $1.5 billion in aid that the U.S. provides to Egypt annually. U.S. law requires that most forms of aid be cut off from military regimes that overthrow elected leaders.