Kerry: It's Premature to Threaten Cutting Egypt's $1.3 Billion in Aid


John Kerry (who served in Vietnam) says "there's a lot of things before we get to that"

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Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) refused to commit Friday evening to cutting U.S. aid to Egypt as a result of the political turmoil in that country.

Kerry, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said it was premature to consider withdrawing the $1.3 billion in yearly aid the U.S. provides to Egypt.

"Look, let's not put the cart ahead of the horse," Kerry said last night on CNN. "There are a lot of things before we get to that. We obviously have a lot of tools
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Egypt is weathering political turmoil that has captivated world attention. Protesters have taken to the streets to riot against the government, fueled by anxieties about the poor economy and corruption in the government.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak took to state television on Friday night to ask for the resignation of his cabinet, and promise reforms. President Obama made a statement shortly thereafter in which he amped up pressure on Mubarak on those promises.