WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama has ordered Pentagon to review the US government’s assistance to Egypt’s government.
“Given the events of last week, the President has directed relevant departments and agencies to review our assistance to the government of Egypt,” a statement released by the Pentagon on Wednesday states.
The White House indicated earlier this week that US assistance to Egypt, military or otherwise, would most likely not change in the immediate future.
“I think it would not be in the best interest of the United States to immediately change our assistance programs to Egypt,” White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters on Monday.
In Egypt, protests turned violent with dozens killed and hundreds injured, after President Mohamed Morsi was removed from office and detained by the military, which suspended the constitution and said a new presidential election will be held.