Obama Orders Review of US Aid to Egypt
But is careful not to call it a 'military coup'; Morsi under house arrest
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 3, 2013 6:29 PM CDT
Updated Jul 3, 2013 7:28 PM CDT
Celebratory fireworks light the sky in Cairo's Tahrir Square.   (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

(Newser) – Well now what? Celebratory fireworks were exploding over Tahrir Square after the Egyptian military announced it had ousted Mohamed Morsi, but Morsi himself continues to reject the move. The big question is whether those who support him and the Muslim Brotherhood will respond with violence, as Morsi himself suggested yesterday in his vow to defend the presidency with his own life. President Obama weighed in on the situation late today, saying he was "deeply concerned" by the military's action and calling for a swift return to a "democratically elected civilian government," reports Politico. (Egypt's military says it has a transition plan to accomplish that.) Obama also ordered US agencies to review their aid to Egypt, because it cannot by law go to a nation after a military coup. However, he did not use that phrase to characterize what happened in Egypt in his "carefully worded statement," reports USA Today. (Read it in full via the Wall Street Journal here.)

As for Morsi, he and other members of his presidential team are under house arrest in a barracks of some sort run by the army's Republican Guard, reports NBC News. A statement from his office (or former office?) issued after he was deposed still refers to him as president and says the "military coup" is "categorically rejected by all the free men of our nation." The military, which continues to reject the label of a coup, today issued warrants for the arrest of 300 members of the Muslim Brotherhood, reports AFP. The nation's interim leader—Adli Mansour, head of the constitutional court—is due to be sworn in tomorrow.

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NorCalHal
Jul 7, 2013 11:01 PM CDT
If I remember correctly Oblama said when he was campaining the first time that he was going to set all foriegn aid at ZERO and evaluate. Is he now, seven or eight years later, saying he is going to evaulate this ONE county?
KennyLLC
Jul 4, 2013 4:18 PM CDT
About Obama's man, Rashad Hussein and the Whitehouse infiltration of the Muslim Brotherhood, (much more information included on the site) "On February 13, 2010, President Obama appoinred him United States special envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and after this appointment, President Obama said about Hussein: "I chose him for this position as an accomplished lawyer and a close and trusted member of my White House staff, Rashad has played a key role in developing the partnerships I called for in Cairo. And as a hafiz of the Qur'an, he is a respected member of the American Muslim community. and I thank him for carrying forward this important work." Hussein represented the United States government as an observer in August 2012 at the Islamic Summit Conference in Mecca, as envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference. In June 2002 Hussein was included as part of a team of Congress aides at the annual conference of the American Islamic Council CAMC) headed by Abdulrahman Al Amoudi a Muslim Brotherhood leader in the United States currently imprisoned after being accused of masterminding a plot to assassinate Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. He was also part of the organizing committee of the conference of the Critical Islamic Reflections (CIR) organization with elements of the American Muslim Brotherhood, Jamal Barzanji, Hisham Taleb, and Yaqub Mirza. He has also been linked to the SAFA organizartion and a network of Islamic organizations located in Northern Virginia whose headquarters was raided by the federal government in March 2002 which confiremd their relationship with the international organization of the Brotherhood whose senior leaders are Tariq Ramadan, Jamal Badawi, and Taha al-Alwani" http://www.investigativeproject.org/3868/a-man-and-6-of-the-brotherhood-in-the-white-house
Fatquah
Jul 4, 2013 3:59 PM CDT
An Egyptian View: "The protesters also blame the Obama administration and U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson for propping up Morsi and facilitating the Muslim Brotherhood’s power grab. “We are very critical of the Obama administration because they have been supporting the Brotherhood like no one has ever supported them,” said Shadi Al Ghazali Harb, a 24-year-old member of Egypt’s Revolutionary Youth Coalition, from Cairo. The White House is “the main supporter of the Brotherhood,” he said. “If it wasn’t for the American support this president (Morsi) would have fallen months ago.” They know the reality while the US mainstream media keeps you morons ignorant.