Obama: Cutting Egypt aid may not reverse actions

Obama administration officials are weighing whether to cut off more than $1 billion in annual aid to Egypt after the military-backed interim government cracked down on supporters of ousted President Morsi.

Egyptian soldiers stand guard at a checkpoint during a dawn-to-dusk curfew in the Zamalek district of Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013. Elsewhere, an Egyptian journalist working for a state-run daily was shot dead early Tuesday by soldiers at a military checkpoint, security officials said. Tamer Abdel-Raouf from Al-Ahram and a colleague were on the road after finishing a late-night interview with the recently appointed governor of Beheira province in the Nile Delta north of Cairo. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

AUBURN, N.Y. (AP) — President Barack Obama says cutting off aid to Egypt "may not reverse what the interim government does."

But he says the U.S. must be "very careful" about being seen as aiding and abetting actions that run contrary to the country's values.

Obama administration officials are weighing whether to cut off more than $1 billion in annual aid to Egypt after the military-backed interim government cracked down on supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.

The president defended his decision to hold off in cutting aid, saying there was a period of time after Morsi was ousted where the U.S. needed to use diplomacy to encourage military to seek reconciliation. He says that was the right approach, even though the military "did not take that opportunity."

Obama spoke on CNN's "New Day."
Associated Press
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