A 32-minute press conference can go a long way toward making an already unpopular message more problematic especially if you're a U.S. politician in a country like Egypt. That was in short the outcome of Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham well-intended visit to Cairo this week, which ended up deepening the rift between Egypt’s opposing political factions, and creating more suspicion about U.S. policy goals and alleged plans for the country.
If it quacks like a duck…
As Egypt faces unprecedented political, security and economic challenges, the last thing it needs is a Kerry-McCain debate on whether what happened is a coup or an uprising.Joyce Karam
On the official level, Egyptian Presidential aid Ahmed El-Muslimani accused McCain of “distorting facts” and called his statements “clumsy and unacceptable in form and substance.” The spokesperson for the interim government Sharif Shawki was not forgiving as well, telling Reuters that “foreign involvement is unwelcome...and what happened was not a coup.”