U.S. looks to determine future relationship with Egypt

The U.S. must determine what its relationship will be with Egypt going forward as it decides whether or not to withhold aid, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday.

Jen Psaki, the spokesperson for the State Department, made the remarks on Wednesday during her daily press briefing. When asked for background on the administration's decision with regards to Egyptian aid, Psaki said that President Barack Obama met with his national security team on Tuesday and discussed Egypt. She said the broad goal is to determine the U.S. relationship with Egypt going forward, which includes the allocation of aid.

"We have seen our aid to Egypt as something that is vital for national security purposes - our own national security purposes, for regional stability," Psaki said. "We believe that the Egyptian people can return to a - or can venture to a long-term, sustainable democracy, a path toward that."

Psaki said that business as usual can't continue when hundreds of civilians are being killed. She said the U.S. must now decide what steps to take, if any, related to Egyptian aid.

"The question moving forward is: What is our relationship going to be?" Psaki said. "What steps should we or shouldn't we take? And that's a policy discussion that's ongoing. So I don't have any readouts of that, but that's the goal."

Psaki said there were no announcements out of the meeting between the President and his national security team related to Egypt.