WASHINGTON — Members of Congress are split over whether the U.S. should cut off military aid to Egypt, highlighting the difficult choices facing the Obama administration amid spiraling violence on the streets of an important Middle East ally.
Democratic leaders have generally supported the president's approach. But on Sunday Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., said he would cut off aid to Egypt.
Among Republicans, there were growing calls to eliminate military aid to Egypt. But others were more hesitant, such as Rep. Pete King, R-N.Y., who said curtailing aid could reduce U.S. influence over Egypt's interim government, which controls access to strategic resources, including the Suez Canal.
The split among members of the political parties illustrates the uncertainty facing President Barack Obama as he tries to navigate volatile developments in Egypt, where crackdowns last week left more than 600 people dead and thousands more injured.