Compounding confusion over its Egypt policy, the Obama administration purportedly has made the decision to suspend aid to the military-backed government on a temporary basis — in spite of avoiding taking a public position on the matter.

The Daily Beast reported that, according to a U.S. senator and unnamed administration officials, the administration has suspended temporarily the majority of the $1.3 billion in military aid, as well as the delivery of weapons and economic aid in the midst of a review of the financial support.

The administration is disputing the report openly. But, if true, the move would be a step beyond what the administration is acknowledging publicly. To date, officials have statede that aid is only under review, and that they would not make a determination on whether the ouster of ex-President Mohammed Morsi qualifies as a coup — because such a finding would, under U.S. law, require the administration to cut off aid.


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