US Senator Patrick Leahy, who heads the Congressional committee that holds foreign aid purse strings, slams Morsi in a statement but says the US must shut the faucet after the military’s takeover.
“Egypt’s military leaders say they have no intent or desire to govern, and I hope they make good on their promise. In the meantime, our law is clear: US aid is cut off when a democratically elected government is deposed by military coup or decree. As we work on the new budget, my committee also will review future aid to the Egyptian government as we wait for a clearer picture,” he said in a statement.
The US gives $1.3 billion to Egypt annually.
Washington had discussed cutting off the money last year as well, because of Morsi’s Islamist policies and anti-Israel statements.