Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 White House debates vaccines for air travel Senate lawmakers let frustration show with Blinken MORE (R-Ky.) on Monday blasted neoconservatives for supporting a "military junta" in Egypt and argued the United States should cut off foreign aid to the country.
In Egypt, democratic authoritarianism is replaced with military junta. American neocons say send them more of your money.— Senator Rand Paul (@SenRandPaul) July 8, 2013
In Egypt, governments come and go. The only thing certain is that American taxpayers will continue to be stuck with the $1.5 billion bill.— Senator Rand Paul (@SenRandPaul) July 8, 2013
The tweets come on the heels of a weekend op-ed Paul penned for The Washington Times, in which the senator — who has hinted at a 2016 presidential run — bemoaned that "American tax dollars flow no matter which despot rules" in the nation.
More than 40 people died and 300 more were injured in a fight Monday between the Egyptian Army and pro-Muslim Brotherhood protestors backing ex-Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, who was ousted by the military last week.
The White House has thus far avoided calling Morsi's ouster a military coup, which would require the U.S. to end $1.3 billion in military aid to the country.
In appearances over the weekend, Senate Foreign Relations Committee ranking member Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerCheney set to be face of anti-Trump GOP How leaving Afghanistan cancels our post-9/11 use of force The unflappable Liz Cheney: Why Trump Republicans have struggled to crush her MORE (R-Tenn.) said there would be "plenty of time to assess the aid issue," and argued the U.S. government should "look at our national interest."
"What we should be doing right now is urging calmness, urging the military to move through this civilian process for as quickly as possible, to ask the Muslim Brotherhood to act with some degree of responsibility," Corker told Fox News. "Our role right now should be one of applying calm, trying to get our partners in the region to do the same thing."
But other lawmakers — including Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainWhoopi Goldberg signs four-year deal with ABC to stay on 'The View' Collins to endorse LePage in Maine governor comeback bid Meghan McCain: Country has not 'healed' from Trump under Biden MORE (R-Ariz.) — have said the administration should cut off aid.
In his op-ed, Paul warned that "persistent and perpetual intervention inevitably leads to American dollars flowing to despots."
"Hosni Mubarak brutally suppressed protest over three decades of martial law. Yet, we sent him some $60 billion, much of which was stolen by Mr. Mubarak and his family," Paul wrote.
"Today, we give the same billions and fighter jets to Mr. Mubarak’s successor, Mr. Morsi, who the protesters now see in the same light as Mr. Mubarak," he continued.
"But worse, due to our aid and support, Egyptians see Mr. Morsi and America as the same."
This post was updated at 5:04 p.m. to clarify Sen. Corker's comments.