The White House today continued to soft-pedal its reaction to the power grab by Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, failing to publicly pressure the Islamist leader to back off from a move toward one-Party rule long feared by those who question to Muslim Brotherhood’s commitment to democracy.
“There’s a process underway in Egypt,” Carney blandly told reporters today.
Carney rejected suggestions that President Obama had been used as a prop in the power grab, which came directly after the administration lauded Morsi for helping broker a ceasefire between the Palestinians and Israel in Gaza.
“I think that on the issue of the role that Egypt played and Pres. Morsi played in achieving a cease fire on the one hand versus the internal deliberations that are going on … we have to separate those,” Carney said.
Carney’s said the administration has expressed to Egypt its “concerns.” But this is far short of the kind of direct statement that might send a chill up Morsi’s spine should he fail to back off from the decree seizing power from the Egyptian judiciary.
H/T to Politico.