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

(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.

Celebratory fireworks light the sky in Cairo's Tahrir Square.
Celebratory fireworks light the sky in Cairo's Tahrir Square.   (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
Egyptian protesters chant slogans against Mohamed Morsi in Tahrir Square.
Egyptian protesters chant slogans against Mohamed Morsi in Tahrir Square.   (AP Photo/ Manu Brabo)
Flares light as opponents of Mohamed Morsi celebrate in Tahrir Square.
Flares light as opponents of Mohamed Morsi celebrate in Tahrir Square.   (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
An Egyptian opposition protester holds a chair and knife during a clash between supporters and opponents of Mohammed Morsi in downtown Damietta, Egypt.
An Egyptian opposition protester holds a chair and knife during a clash between supporters and opponents of Mohammed Morsi in downtown Damietta, Egypt.   (AP Photo/Hamada Elrasam)
Egyptians wave national flags at Tahrir Square.
Egyptians wave national flags at Tahrir Square.   (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
Egyptian police special forces stand guard in Giza, Egypt.
Egyptian police special forces stand guard in Giza, Egypt.   (AP Photo/ Manu Brabo)
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