Source: The Tahrir Institute For Middle East Policy
Author(s): Brad Youngblood
The United States Department of State announced three weeks ago that it would withhold $95.7 million in aid from Egypt and delay a further $195 million because of the country’s lack of respect for human rights. This decision surprised analysts as much as it reportedly startled the Egyptian government. Recent statements by President Donald Trump, his senior advisor Jared Kushner, and others in the administration had given the impression that human rights were not going to be a priority in U.S.-Egypt relations, at least for the duration of the Trump presidency. Despite this lack of displayed interest in pushing Egypt on its human rights record, the administration still approved arguably the most significant action against Cairo since the administration of Barack Obama froze military aid following the 2013 ouster of President Muhammad Morsi….
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