Obama gets updates on Egypt while on vacation

6:41 PM, Aug 16, 2013   |    comments
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David Jackson, USA TODAY

USA TODAY - President Obama receives updates as needed on the violence in Egypt, the White House says.

"This morning, the president received a briefing on the situation in Egypt," said a statement to the media pool covering Obama on his vacation in Martha's Vineyard, Mass.

The statement said, "As he has throughout the week, the president will receive updates, as needed, over the course of the day from Ambassador (Susan) Rice who traveled with him to Martha's Vineyard this week."

Thursday, Obama announced he was suspending joint U.S.-Egyptian military exercises because of the interim government's violent crackdown on supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi.

Obama suggested more aid could be cut off if the interim military government does not move quickly to hold new elections.

USA Today

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