(UnitedVoice.com) – President Joe Biden has taken hardline stances against China, Russia and other nations because of their human rights records. When it comes to Egypt, the administration’s standards become a bit blurry. The Senate is now playing Biden’s game, even some Republicans.
In January, the State Department revealed it was going to continue to withhold $130 million in military aid to Egypt. The announcement came days after the administration announced it was going through with a $2-billion sale of a dozen C-130J cargo planes, engines and other equipment. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) was furious over the deal.
“The U.S. really should not be providing weapons to countries that abuse their citizens as badly as Egypt does. Maybe Biden should look to Paul for some moral guidance.” https://t.co/MExqMneLxB
— Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 11, 2022
During a Senate floor speech on March 10, Paul called out Biden for continuing to arm the Abdel Fattah al-Sisi regime. The senator said taking away some of its aid “while offering new sales that are 10 times” the value of what was withheld shows the administration’s “weakness.” He tried to block the weapons sale, but the Senate voted 81-18 against advancing his resolution.
The al-Sisi regime is reportedly brutal. The group Human Rights Watch has accused authorities of murder, terrorism, sexual assault, and other crimes. Still, Biden and a majority of the Senate want to sell them billions of dollars worth of planes.
Do you think the president is talking out of both sides of his mouth?
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