Grassley: Iowans think Egypt aid 'stupid'

Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration Thanks to the farm lobby, the US is stuck with a broken ethanol policy 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 Forbes KerryLobbying world Kerry: Trump not pursuing 'smart' or 'clever' plan on North Korea Tillerson will not send high-ranking delegation to India with Ivanka Trump: report 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 PaulLexington mayor launches bid for Congress Trump-free Kennedy Center Honors avoids politics Meet the Iran hawk who could be Trump's next secretary of State 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 CruzDebbie Wasserman Schultz marks 10 years as breast cancer survivor Foreign agent registration is no magical shield against Russian propaganda Let Trump be Trump and he'll sail through 2020 MORE's (R-Texas) amendment to redirect Egypt aid to U.S. missile defense.