Aug. 21 - U.S. Senator John McCain says US sending mixed messages to Egypt, calls on Washington to cut aid. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Senator John McCain said Wednesday (August 21) the U.S. was sending mixed messages to Egypt and called for Washington to use its influence on the country. McCain is in Japan for security meetings with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. (SOUNDBITE) (English) US SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN SAYING: "I respect the prime minister's view and we may find out. But the United States has influence but if the United States doesn't use that influence, then it has no influence. So far, the United States has sent a very very mixed message to the people who have caused mayhem in the streets of Cairo and Egypt." At issue is the future of about $1.23 billion in U.S. military assistance and about $241 million in economic aid to Egypt, a close U.S. ally for three decades until long-time authoritarian ruler Hosni Mubarak was toppled in 2011 after a popular revolt. U.S. aid has become a thorny issue for the White House, which has come under pressure from some lawmakers to cancel aid in response to the bloodshed and detentions of Muslim Brotherhood supporters by Egypt's interim government. Obama and his officials have expressed displeasure with the army's actions though they have not entirely severed their relationship crucial to U.S. security interests in the Middle East.