U.S. Reviews Financial Aid To Egypt, Demands Violence On Both Sides Cease
The White House wants both anit-government protesters and the government's military and police forces to stop with the violence that has brought the country into a dangerous unrest.
The White House may be using some leverage--$1.5 billion in aid annually given to Egypt--to push the country's authoritarian regime to make substantive political reforms, the Associated Press reports.
The U.S. has given broad support to Egypt because the country is considered a key ally in the Arab world. While protestors have targeted President Hosni Mubarak, the White House has painted the protests a condemnation of a system rather than an individual.
The Egypt-U.S. alliance has left the White House with a policy of strong comendation of the violence, a strong push for reforms and a vague reaction to how the U.S. will actually involve itself.
"First and foremost, this is a situation that will be solved by the people in Egypt," Gibbs said.