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August 15, 2013

President Obama to speak on Egypt from Martha's Vineyard at 10:15

President Barack Obama will take a break from his vacation on Martha's Vineyard to deliver a statement on the situation in Egypt, the White House says. The statement will be delivered at 10:15 a.m.

The White House said Wednesday it "strongly" condemned the Egyptian military's lethal decision to lay seige to sit-ins by supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi and that it "strongly" opposed a return to emergency law the military has imposed.

The administration has thus far refused to call the military's move to oust Morsi in July a coup -- a move that could cut off $1.3 billion in aid to the military. Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Wednesday it would continue to review the assistance.

"The review of our assistance that is provided to Egypt is something that we do on a regular basis, and that's something that we are continuing to do," he said.

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