Grassley: Iowans think Egypt aid 'stupid'

Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyFlynn told FBI he didn't talk sanctions with Russian envoy: report Gorsuch hearing date set for March 20 Judiciary Committee wants briefing, documents on Flynn resignation MORE's constituents think aid to Egypt is “stupid,” the Iowa Republican said Wednesday after two days of town-hall meetings.

“A conclusion I can draw fr most of 10 town meets I had mon &tues: Iowans think it stupid to give aid to Muslim brotherhood Egypt Pres.,” Grassley tweeted.

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The issue was rekindled when Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryFormer Obama officials say Netanyahu turned down secret peace deal: AP How dealmaker Trump can resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict John Kerry to teach at Yale on global issues MORE announced $250 million in direct aid earlier this month. Egypt gets $1.3 billion in military aid and another $250 million in economic aid every year under the terms of the 1978 Camp David accords leading to peace with Israel.

Grassley voted for several amendments to defund aid to Egypt during last week's vote on the budget.

He was one of 19 senators who voted against indefinitely postponing action on an amendment from Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulTrump’s feud with the press in the spotlight Rand Paul: We’re very lucky John McCain’s not in charge Rand Paul: John Bolton would be a 'bad choice' for national security adviser MORE (R-Ky.) to prohibit the sale of F-16 aircraft, M1 tanks and other weapons to Egypt. And he joined 24 other senators in favor of Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzTrump to speak at CPAC Trump to interview four candidates for national security adviser Milo Yiannopoulos to speak at CPAC MORE's (R-Texas) amendment to redirect Egypt aid to U.S. missile defense.