Obama Condemns Egypt Violence as Death Toll Climbs

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The United States has cancelled a bi-annual joint military exercise with Egypt in light of yesterday's deadly crackdown by Egypt's interim government on protesters and the new State of Emergency. More than 500 people were killed and 3000 injured. But the US has still not threatened to freeze $1.3 billion in American aid. In recent weeks, the US has been demonized by both Egypt's interim government and supporters of ousted President Morsi. Today, taking time off from his vacation on Martha's Vineyard, President Obama denounced yesterday's violent attack, saying, "We don't take sides with any particular party or political figure." We hear from the President and from the streets of Cairo. Is violence becoming a fact of daily life?

 

Credits

Guests:
Adam Entous - Washington Post - @adamentous, Nancy Youssef - McClatchy News Service - @nancyayoussef, Rasha Abdulla - American University in Cairo - @RashaAbdulla, Michael Wahid Hanna - Century Foundation - @mwhanna1

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Andrea Brody, Katie Cooper, Kerry Cavanaugh