Fresh off a trip to Egypt, Sen. John McCain said today he’s concerned about a possibility for increased violence there and Congress may have to consider cutting aid to Egypt.
“We could see an eruption of bloodshed that would be horrendous,” the Arizona Republican said on “Fox News Sunday.”
McCain traveled to Egypt last week with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) with the blessing of the White House to promote democracy in the nation, which recently underwent what McCain calls a coup. The refusal from the administration to call it as such, however, limits the U.S., McCain said.
“I’m very concerned about increased violence in the coming weeks. When the United States of America refuses to call a military takeover of a government, refuses to call that a coup, then obviously it’s hard for us to urge them to observe the rule of law in a constitution,” McCain said, acknowledging that former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi abused his power. “The fact is that it was a coup, and now they have jailed the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood and the previous government, and that is not the way to bring about reconciliation.”
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