30 Jul '13, 6pm

Obama Asks McCain, Graham To Go to Egypt Amid Questions Over US Military Aid

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama has asked two Republican members of the Senate Armed Services Committee who have harshly criticized his foreign policy to travel to Egypt amid that nation’s ongoing political strife. Committee member Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told reporters Tuesday that Obama “has asked Sen. [John] McCain and myself to go to Egypt next week.” “We’re trying to find a way to get there so we can go over and reinforce, on a bipartisan fashion, the message that we have to move to civilian control,” Graham said. “The military is going to have to allow the country to have new elections and move toward an inclusive democratic approach.” By sending Graham and McCain, Obama is placing a big bet on two GOP senators who, at times, have harshly criticized his foreign policy decisions. But, since his re-election in November, Obama has courted both senators in hi...

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