Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) issued a statement Thursday in response to President Barack Obama’s announcement that the U.S. would no longer participate in a joint military exercise with Egypt, calling on the president to “stop skirting the issue” by cutting off all foreign aid to the conflicted nation.
“While President Obama ‘condemns the violence in Egypt’, his Administration continues to send billions of taxpayer dollars to help pay for it,” Paul said in a written statement. “The law is very clear when a coup d’état takes place, foreign aid must stop, regardless of the circumstances. With more than 500 dead and thousands more injured this week alone, chaos only continues to grow in Egypt.”
“So Mr. President, stop skirting the issue, follow the law, and cancel all foreign aid to Egypt,” he added.
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