Senate aide: U.S. military aid to Egypt has stopped
Posted: August 20, 2013 at 10:54 a.m.
WASHINGTON — A Senate aide says the Obama administration has halted military aid to Egypt.
David Carle, an aide to Sen. Patrick Leahy, said the Senate Appropriations panel for foreign relations has been informed the "transfer of military aid was stopped."
The suspension reflects the administration's "current practice, not necessarily official policy," Carle said. There is no indication how long military assistance will be held up, he said.
The Obama administration said it's reviewing U.S. aid to Egypt in light of the military's July 3 overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi and the ongoing crackdown on his Muslim Brotherhood supporters.
But it said it has made no final decisions.
State Department spokesman Jen Psaki said Washington still hasn't delivered some $585 million for 2013. That's almost half the annual military aid package.
Read more in Wednesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.