President Obama gave an interview to Telemundo today in which the president reacted to the violence in Egypt and Libya. In response to a question about whether he considers Egypt to be an ally of the United States, Obama said that while he doesn’t necessarily consider the current regime an ally, they are not an enemy either.
Obama walked a thin line in answering whether he considers the current Egyptian government an ally of the United States.
“I don’t think that we would consider them an ally, but we don’t consider them an enemy.”
The president acknowledged that the current Egyptian regime was democratically elected, and said the United States will have to “wait and see” how they respond to the attacks on the U.S. embassy. Obama said that some of the government’s responses have not necessarily aligned with the interests of the United States.
Obama expressed hope that the Egyptian government would be “responsive” to U.S. concerns that the embassy and its personnel are well-protected. If they do not take such steps, the president said that would be “a big problem.”
Watch the video below, courtesy of MSNBC:
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