January 28th, 2011
08:22 PM ET

Obama's Egypt balancing act

CNN White House correspondent Dan Lothian reports on the administration's reaction to unrest in Egypt.

Topics: Egypt • President Obama • The News
January 28th, 2011
07:54 PM ET

Obama speaks to Egyptian president

CNN) - President Barack Obama spoke with Egypt's president moments after Hosni Mubarak addressed his country, telling the Egyptian that he must make good on his promises and avoid a violent response to the thousands of protesters in the streets.

With parts of his capital ablaze, Mubarak said he was asking his government to resign and would soon announce a new one, pledging to address the concerns of thousand of Egyptians protesting in Cairo's streets.

"I just spoke to him after his speech," Obama said, "and told him he has a responsibility to give meaning to those words, to take concrete steps and actions that deliver on that promise. Violence will not address the grievances of the Egyptian people. Suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away.

"This moment of volatility has to be turned into a moment of promise," Obama said.

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Topics: Egypt • President Obama • The News
White House tracking 'fluid situation' in Egypt
January 28th, 2011
04:24 PM ET

White House tracking 'fluid situation' in Egypt

WASHINGTON (CNN) - White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters Friday that the U.S. is reviewing its aid to Egypt in the wake of the violent protests taking place in the country.

"We will be reviewing our assistance posture based on events now and in the coming days," Gibbs said.

In the carefully worded press conference, Gibbs also revealed that President Obama hadn't spoken with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

The president "has not made specific calls on this...We continue to monitor [the situation]," Gibbs said.

He added that the White House is "deeply concerned about the images and the events we see in Egypt today."

When asked why the president hadn't contacted the Egyptian leader, Gibbs said "We are - again, we're monitoring a very fluid situation."

Topics: Egypt • Robert Gibbs • The News • Uncategorized
Egyptian protests rising to top of Obama's agenda
President Obama discusses the situation in Egypt with Vice President Biden and his national security team during the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office.
January 28th, 2011
10:23 AM ET

Egyptian protests rising to top of Obama's agenda

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Just three days after a State of the Union Address that President Obama's own aides say was 80 percent devoted to the economy and domestic issues, the pressing national security issue of unrest in Egypt has suddenly vaulted to the top of the commander-in-chief's agenda as he struggles with how closely he wants to stand with a longtime U.S. ally, President Hosni Mubarak.

White House national security spokesman Tommy Vietor said Obama has been getting regular briefings on the unfolding situation throughout the week, and the president got a special memo with the latest information on Friday morning.

"The president has requested multiple briefings each day on the situation in the Middle East," said Vietor. "Today, he received a memo updating him on the latest in Egypt from National Security Advisor Tom Donilon."

Vietor added that Obama will get even more on the latest intelligence on Friday during his Presidential Daily Briefing, which is focused each day on sensitive material dealing with pressing national security issues.


Topics: Egypt • President Obama • Roger Altman