House Speaker John A. Boehner declined this week to call the military takeover in Egypt a “coup,” mirroring the White House’s delicate approach to the diplomatically sensitive situation in Cairo.
Asked about the toppling of democratically elected President Mohammed Morsi, the Ohio Republican called the situation “a tenuous one.”
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“One of the most respected institutions in the country is their military, and I think their military, on behalf of the citizens, did what they had to do in terms of replacing the elected president,” Mr. Boehner told reporters on Monday.
President Obama has trod lightly in response to the Egyptian situation and declined to call it a coup. The U.S. government has pumped financial aid into the country, which overthrew longtime President Hosni Mubarak in 2011.
Yet Mr. Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood-led government angered many Egyptians.
It also caused heartburn for the Obama administration, which did not condemn the military’s recent decision to depose the sitting president.
Now, Mr. Obama is urging the military to give way to another democratically elected government as quickly as possible.