As the fallout surrounding President Barack Obama’s assertion that the present Egyptian government is not an ally of the United States grows, the U.S. State Department has offered a correction to the president’s claim. After being grilled by a reporter on the status of Egypt’s relationship with America, a State Department spokesperson said clearly “yes,” Egypt is an ally.
Following President Obama’s ill-advised comments putting into question the relationship between Washington and Cairo yesterday, a White House spokesperson was forced to clarify those remarks in an interview with Foreign Policy Magazine.
“I think folks are reading way too much into this,” White House spokesperson Tommy Vietor told Foreign Policy. “‘Ally’ is a legal term of art. We don’t have a mutual defense treaty with Egypt like we do with our NATO allies. But as the president has said, Egypt is longstanding and close partner of the United States, and we have built on that foundation by supporting Egypt’s transition to democracy and working with the new government.”