US refuses to label Morsi ouster 'a coup'

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July 9, 2013 01:56

The White House refused to label the military ouster of Egypt's president a coup on Monday and said there would be no immediate cut-off in US aid to Egypt in a move that distances Washington from the country's toppled Muslim Brotherhood leadership.

White House spokesman Jay Carney, peppered with questions about Egypt at a daily briefing, struggled to explain how Washington could avoid calling the ouster of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi a coup.

"This is an incredibly complex and difficult situation," said Carney, noting that millions of Egyptians had legitimate grievances with Morsi. "There are significant consequences that go along with this determination, and it is a highly charged issue for millions of Egyptians who have differing views about what happened."


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