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Rand Paul: Egyptians are using American military vehicles to quell dissent

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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. was quick to question President Obama’s statement on Egypt on Thursday pointing out that the United States was still sending military aid to Egypt.

Obama announced that the United States would cancel scheduled joint military exercises as a result of the violence that has reportedly killed over 500 people.

“President Obama says he ‘deplores violence in Egypt’ but U.S. foreign aid continues to help pay for it,” Paul noted on Twitter. “Egyptians use American military vehicles to quell dissent; Congress responds by sending more military vehicles.”

UPDATE: After commenting on Twitter, Sen. Paul released the following statement:

While President Obama 'condemns the violence in Egypt', his Administration continues to send billions of taxpayer dollars to help pay for it. The law is very clear when a coup d'état takes place, foreign aid must stop, regardless of the circumstances. With more than 500 dead and thousands more injured this week alone, chaos only continues to grow in Egypt. So Mr. President, stop skirting the issue, follow the law, and cancel all foreign aid to Egypt.

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