U.S. to review funding programs for Egyptian government

The U.S. is reviewing its economic support for Egypt on a case-by-case basis, particularly when it comes to programs that would benefit the government, the U.S. State Department said on Monday.

Jen Psaki, the spokesperson for the State Department, made the remarks during her daily press briefing on Monday. Psaki responded to a question about a Sunday New York Times story that claimed the department put a blanket hold on approximately $250 million of financing for economic programs that directly aid the Egyptian government. Psaki said the department would review programs that would benefit Egypt's government on a case-by-case basis.

"So to the extent where there are (economic support fund) programs that would benefit the government, which is obviously a section, we are reviewing each of those programs on a case-by-case basis to identify whether we have authority to continue providing those funds or should seek to modify our activities to ensure that our actions are consistent with the law," Psaki said.

According to Psaki, the funding going to non-governmental entities in Egypt would not be affected.

Psaki said the U.S. condemned the attacks going on throughout Egypt. The department urged all people in Egypt to refrain from violence.

"We also condemn the attacks and violence that continue to occur across Egypt, including we deplore in the strongest terms the reprehensible attacks against over 40 Coptic Christian churches and other Christian institutions, including schools, social service societies, and businesses by extremists bent on sowing interreligious strife, when the vast majority of Egyptians reject such behavior," Psaki said.