Republican Presidential Hopefuls Critique Obama on Egypt


Boehner, McConnell Back Obama on Egypt

In remarks Tuesday night, Obama continued to distance himself from Mubarak, expressing support for the protestors but stopping short of calling for Mubarak's immediate resignation.

"It is not the role of any other country to determine Egypt's leaders; only the Egyptian people can do that," Obama said.

The president also said he had spoken with Mubarak, who had announced he would not seek reelection in September, and urged that "an orderly transition must be meaningful, it must be peaceful, and it must begin now."

The fine line being tread by the administration on Egypt has heretofore largely been backed by congressional Republican leadership.

House Speaker John Boehner said Sunday he believed the Obama administration has handled the situation "pretty well."

"Reforms need to occur in Egypt. And, frankly, any place around the world where people are calling out for freedom [and] democracy, I think we have a responsibility to respond," he said on Fox News Sunday.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has echoed Boehner, saying Sunday on NBC, "I don't have any criticism of President Obama or Secretary Clinton at this point.

"I mean, they know full well that we can't give the Egyptians advice about who their leadership is. That's beyond the reach of the United States. And I think we ought to speak as one voice during this crisis."

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