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McCain Calls For Suspension Of Aid To Egypt

7/7/2013 9:30 PM ET

Arizona Senator John McCain on Sunday said that he believes this past week's change of government in Egypt was a coup, and that the United States should suspend all aid to that nation.

Speaking on CBS' "Face the Nation," McCain called it a failure of American leadership in the region that the Egyptian army has had to act twice in less than three years to affect a change.

"It was a coup, and it was the second time in two-and-a-half years that we have seen the military step in. It's a strong indicator of the lack of American leadership and influence since we've urged the military not to do that," McCain said. "Reluctantly, I believe that we have to suspend aid until such time as there is a new constitution and a free and fair election."

The Egyptian army removed President Mohammed Morsi from power this past week, touching off sometimes violent protests both pro and con.

by RTT Staff Writer

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