Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamGraham: 'I'm glad' Ivanka will be working in the White House Trump tweets promotion for Fox News show GOP senators pitch alternatives after House pulls ObamaCare repeal bill MORE (R-S.C.) and John McCainJohn McCainMcCain: Trump admin must fill State Dept. jobs McCain says he hasn't met with Trump since inauguration Overnight Defense: General warns State Department cuts would hurt military | Bergdahl lawyers appeal Trump motion | Senators demand action after nude photo scandal MORE (R-Ari.) will travel to Egypt to urge the country to hold new elections and reinstall a democracy after the military succeeded in overthrowing the elected Muslim Brotherhood government.
“I know it’s dangerous, but we need to be there with our diplomats giving a unified message to Egypt,” Graham said.
The South Carolina Republican said President Obama and Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryCongress, Trump need a united front to face down Iran One year ago today we declared ISIS atrocities as genocide Trump’s realism toward Iran is stabilizing force for Middle East MORE called him and McCain and asked them to make the trip to urge the Egyptian military to hold new Democratic elections.
“The Egyptian military must move more aggressively toward moving control over to the civilian population….the military can’t keep running the country,” Graham said.
“The one thing that’s not sustainable is a military takeover of Egypt,” he added. “They’ve promised new elections and they need to deliver.”
Graham criticized the Muslim Brotherhood administration that the military recently removed from power, saying it needs to move the fight off the streets and “start playing politics.”
“The Brotherhood needs to get off the streets and back into the political arena and fight your differences there,” he said. “If this continues, Egypt is going to be a failed state and that’s why we’re going.”
“The Muslim Brotherhood needs to get off the streets so the economy can start anew and reorganize and have a political contest, not a contest of violence,” he continued. “I don’t want to abandon Egypt.”
Violent clashes have erupted in recent weeks between military forces and supporters of former President Mohamed Morsi, threatening to further destabilize the Mideast nation.
Some members of Congress, led by Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulTrump, GOP fumble chance to govern GOP senators pitch alternatives after House pulls ObamaCare repeal bill Rand Paul takes victory lap on GOP health bill MORE (R-Ky.), have pushed to end U.S. aid to Egypt following the ouster of the country's freely elected president. A growing number of senators have called the government overthrow a “coup,” which puts Egypt in breach of U.S. aid standards.
The White House has declined to label the overthrow, worrying that doing so would add further chaos to the situation.
Graham said he wants to keep aid flowing to Egypt, but only if the country “moves toward democracy, not a military dictatorship.”