US Congress divided over Egyptian $1.5 billion annual aid following Morsi ouster


Washington, July 8 (ANI): Congress senators were divided over suspending U.S. aid to Egypt after the Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi was removed in a military coup. Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, cited long-standing U.S. law to cut off funds when an elected president is removed in a military coup. The Fox News reports that McCain led the call to suspend the to Egypt. Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, the highest-ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said that the United States should first focus on trying to restore calm in Egypt. Officials ordered a review of U.S. aid on Wednesday but they have stopped short of calling the move a coup. Mohamed Tawfik, Egypt's ambassador to the United States, said that a military coup had not taken place when Morsi was replaced with Adly Mansour. (ANI)