Senator John Kerry (D-MA) “refused to commit Friday evening to cutting U.S. aid to Egypt as a result of the political turmoil in that country,” The Hill reports.
Kerry, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said it was premature to consider withdrawing the $1.3 billion in yearly aid the U.S. provides to Egypt.
"Look, let’s not put the cart ahead of the horse," Kerry said last night on CNN. "There are a lot of things before we get to that. We obviously have a lot of tools."
Kerry said he was “optimistic about the prospects for a peaceful settlement of the Egyptian situation.”
He encouraged Mubarak to consider a plan to "defer" the president’s planned transfer of power to his son, perhaps to examine the possibility of democratic elections in Egypt.