Trump Withholds Funding to Cairo Over Human Rights

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The U.S. is withholding millions of dollars in military and economic aid to Egypt, citing human rights concerns. “The funds that would normally go to Egypt … will be held in reserve until we can see progress on democracy,” said State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert on Wednesday.

The U.S. is holding back three different packages: $195 million in aid from the foreign military financing (FMF) mechanism that will be frozen until Egypt meets certain conditions on bettering democracy and human rights; another $65.7 million in military aid that will be taken away from Egypt altogether and distributed to other countries instead; and $30 million in economic aid.

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