Buchanan critical of Egyptian leader

Jeremy Wallace

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan is increasingly becoming one of the loudest critics in Washington of Egypt’s new government.

Over the last two weeks, the Longboat Key Republican has called for the U.S. to suspend all foreign aid to Egypt and labeled new Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s recent tactics as being like a dictator’s.

Buchanan said his frustration stems from how much foreign aid the U.S. sinks into Egypt — $2 billion annually since 1979. For that type of funding, Buchanan said in an interview Friday, the U.S. should expect a better friend than Egypt has been of late.

More specifically, Buchanan said Egypt needs to be a better supporter of key U.S. ally Israel and not be so quick to take up sides with Hamas amid the conflict in the Gaza Strip.

“It is clear to me they support Hamas,” Buchanan said.

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