Published On: Tue, Aug 20th, 2013

White House condemns arrest of Muslim Brotherhood leader, cuts off aid to Egypt on the same day

Critics are making connections to the recent White House statement condemning the arrest of a Muslim Brotherhood “spiritual leader” and ending financial funding to Egypt on the same day.

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“That is not in line with the standard that we expect other governments to uphold with respect to human rights. It’s certainly not the standard the Egyptian people expect of their government in terms of upholding basic human rights,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters regarding the arrest of Mohamed Badie.

“So this is just the latest in a series of actions the Egyptian government has taken that doesn’t reflect their commitment to an inclusive political process, respect for basic human rights like the right to protest peacefully.”

“Our aid continues to be under review and to suggest that that aid has been cut off is inaccurate,” he said.

The office of Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the head of the appropriations state and foreign-operations subcommittee, told The Daily Beast on Monday that military aid to Egypt has been temporarily cut off.

Leahy’s “understanding is that aid to the Egyptian military has been halted, as required by law,” said David Carle, a spokesman for Leahy.

The administration’s public message is that $585 million of promised aid to the Egyptian military in fiscal 2013 is not officially on hold, as technically it is not due until September 30, the end of the fiscal year, and no final decisions have been made.

“After sequestration withholding, approximately $585 million remains unobligated. So, that is the amount that is unobligated,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Monday. “But it would be inaccurate to say that a policy decision has been made with respect to the remaining assistance funding.”

Badie, the supreme leader of the Brotherhood, was detained on Tuesday at a residential flat in Nasr City in northeast Cairo, the state news agency said.

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    […] Spiritual leader of Muslim Brotherhood arrested(read here), White House denounces the move […]

  2. Pine 4 Better Daze says:

    If the following report from WhatDoesInMean.com is in fact true, both President Obama
    and U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power should be indicted on criminal charges of treason
    for assisting an enemy of the United States, namely the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt!…
    “Egypt Explodes Over Obama Plan To Destroy Israel” ( Aug. 15, 2013 )

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