Obama calls national security meeting on aid to Egypt

August 20, 2013

President Obama will convene a meeting of his National Security Council on Tuesday afternoon to evaluate the U.S. government's aid to Egypt.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the president will meet with his top national security officials about 2:30 p.m. But Earnest said he does not anticipate any "major announcement" afterward about U.S. aid to Egypt.

The Obama administration has been evaluating military and other aid to Egypt in recent weeks. But Earnest told reporters that no decision has been made about U.S. aid.

"This is not a faucet in which you just turn the spigot, and assistance continues to flow," Earnest said, using a metaphor he repeated throughout the briefing. "Assistance is provided episodically, assistance is provided in tranches."

Philip Rucker is a national political correspondent for The Washington Post, where he has reported since 2005.
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