Grassley: Iowans think Egypt aid 'stupid'

Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyPavlich: The claim Trump let the mentally ill get guns is a lie Congress fails miserably: For Asian-Americans, immigration proposals are personal attacks Grassley, Dems step up battle over judicial nominees 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.

The issue was rekindled when Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes Kerry2020 Dem contenders travel to key primary states When it comes to Colombia, America is in a tough spot 36 people who could challenge Trump in 2020 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 PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulDem wins Kentucky state House seat in district Trump won by 49 points GOP's tax reform bait-and-switch will widen inequality Pentagon budget euphoria could be short-lived 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 CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Health Care: Trump eases rules on insurance outside ObamaCare | HHS office on religious rights gets 300 complaints in a month | GOP chair eyes opioid bill vote by Memorial Day HHS official put on leave amid probe into social media posts Trump, Pence to address CPAC this week MORE's (R-Texas) amendment to redirect Egypt aid to U.S. missile defense.