The White House Wednesday pushed multiple statements calling for elections in Egypt, as the country's military-backed government cracked down on violent Islamist protesters in Cairo.
"When the interim government took power [in July], we expressed our concern about the need for a prompt transition back to a democratically elected civilian government," deputy press secretary Josh Earnest said Aug. 14.
"We made clear to them that the [financial] aid we offer to Egyptians is something we review regularly, and that is something that continues to be true today," he emphasized, at the press briefing in Martha's Vineyard, Mass., where Obama is taking a vacation.
Earnest repeated the "democratically elected civilian government" line 15 times during the briefing.
…The statements follow Obama's Aug. 7 effort to support the priorities of Turkey's Islamist government, which is trying to promote Islamist parties throughout the Arab region.