Appearing on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" Sunday, Sen. Bob Corker called on the U.S. to "recalibrate" its offering of foreign aid to Egypt in the wake of ongoing violence in the country.
Corker, who is the ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made his comments upon returning from a weeklong trip to the Middle East, visiting Turkey, Iraq and Jordan. During his interview, the senator said U.S. aid to Egypt should be re-examined, but not in a way that jeopardized the country's national interests.
"Well, look, I think the actions of last week, no doubt, are going to cause us to suspend aid," Corker said. "And I think it's, at the same time, a time for us to recalibrate and look at what is in our national interest."
The senator mentioned items like national security and the priority of passage in the Suez Canal as elements the U.S. should be considering as future discussions regarding aid to the country take place. Corker added that, ultimately, he hoped an aid relationship between the U.S. and Egypt would continue, just on a tiered structure.
"We need to keep the lines of communication open," he said.
To read a transcript of the senator's conversation, click here.
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