Toomey: Egyptian military ‘crossed the line,’ US should end aid

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Toomey called the situation in Egypt “disturbing.” Earlier this month the Egyptian military overthrew the country's president in what some are calling a military coup. Egyptian soldiers have killed hundreds of protestors.

“The situation with Egypt is disturbing,” Toomey said. “We are now seeing a low-grade civil war between the military and the Islamists.”

Toomey's comment came the same day President Obama has summoned his national security team to discuss cutting off Egypt's aid.

Under U.S. law, the government cannot financially support a military coup, but so far the administration has refused to classify the situation in Egypt as a coup. 

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) attempted to end aid to Egypt earlier this year with a vote on the Senate floor, but lawmakers successfully tabled his measure. At the time, Toomey voted against stopping the more than $1 billion in aid the U.S. gives to Egypt, but now he said the Egyptian military “crossed the line.”