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

soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. Jeff

    Would some "Left Winger" please tell me, with all of our financial problems, why we give them over $1 Billion Dollars a year???????????????

    January 28, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
    • Marcel

      Not a left winger but here is your ansewer anyway To Defend Isreal. Do I need to explain?

      January 28, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
    • gotidea

      Well, Isreal gets $5 Billion Dollars,

      January 28, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
    • D-Nice

      They control the Suez canal one of the major ports oil is exported from. Instability in that region will cause gas prices to spike. Do you want to pay $5 a gallon for gas?

      January 28, 2011 at 8:54 pm |
      • JimS

        No I do not want $5 a gallon gas. That is why we need to dismantle the EPA, tell the ebviro wackos to get out of the way and drill averywhere we can so we can tell OPEC we no longer need their oil. Green Energy is a joke and we can't afford it!! Solar and Wind Energy is ridiculously expensive and impractical. Lift all the red tape to build more nuclear plants and cut the regulations on drilling our own oil!!!!!!!!

        January 29, 2011 at 12:04 am |
      • Gary Davis

        I agree totally

        January 29, 2011 at 11:08 am |
    • Gary Davis

      well you asked a left winger . and the statement doesn't need an answer, because by asking it means you would not understand . so go figure LOL

      January 28, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
    • bob in florida

      Mubarak has for decades been pandering to his benfactors. Doing whatever is in their(and his) best interests, while completely disregarding the "less worthy" people of his nation. If he were a politician in the US, he would be the leader of the GOP.

      January 29, 2011 at 6:58 am |
    • Bobby

      It's completely legitimate to be asking "right-wingers" the same question.

      January 29, 2011 at 11:15 am |
    • Jeremiah

      You think aide to Egypt is a "left winger" program? Wow. That's a level of sheer ignorance of US political history that I didn't think possible.

      January 29, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  2. Sara

    WHO CARES !!!

    January 28, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  3. bobby

    Jeff- its probably the same reason why the Bush administration gave foreign aid to them while we were fighting two wars paid for by the Chinese.

    January 28, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  4. safiu

    The situation is going worse, pls advice Pres. Mubarki to leave now before is action turn to genocide in his country, thanks.

    January 28, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  5. jerry

    Bill Clinton is in europe making speeches ta admiring listeners bashing Israel...Hillrey Clinton running around the world expounding a condecending and foggy foreign policy...obama makes his state of the union speech specifically mentioning the muslims of the world(only mention of any religious group)...and north africa burns...radical isamist extreamist in the wings... Obama did mention in his book " I will stand with the muslims"... we shall see.

    January 28, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
    • Eric

      And today on cnn.com some blogger taking the name of 'jerry' spews random right wing rants repeated from the voices on the radio (or in his head maybe?).

      January 28, 2011 at 10:06 pm |
    • Dennis

      Jerry you do realize that Israel violates nearly every human rights law with their vulgar treatment of the Palestinians in the Gaza strip. Some Americans need to take a deeper harder look at the world. Instead we have fools like Bush with no curiosity about the outside world other than what's on the dinner menu tonight at the waffle house.

      January 28, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
  6. N. Turner

    It's probably the same reason why the past Republican Administration gave the same aid to Egypt and other countries while starting two foreign wars, financed with Chinese money. Or does it only bother you when a Democratic President and congress authorize foreigh aid? Stop being so partian and think about whats best for this country and not what's best for the republican party to bash on.

    January 28, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      So you agree that past Republican Administration should have given the same aid to Egypt?

      February 1, 2011 at 11:08 am |
      • N. Turner

        I'm not saying that, my point is if you have a problem with President Obama signing off on aid to Egypt, then he should also have a problem with Regan, Bush and Bush II doing the same thing. The poster is a political hack and pointless.

        February 1, 2011 at 11:46 am |
  7. Stump297


    January 28, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  8. SearchingForAnAtheistExtremist

    I proudly consider myself a 'left winger' and strongly disagree with the amount of money we give Egypt. But I also disagree with the money we give all sorts of countries including Israel (for example).

    January 28, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  9. the one

    Of course he'll stand with them he is the first Muslim president.

    January 28, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  10. Donn Donlon

    President Bush What were you trying to do with Egypt... Seems that It Failed! President Obama, What Do you plan to do about the Situation In Egypt! You Have to do More than... Let Them Work It Out!!! I am Worried about Our National Security!

    January 28, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  11. Liz Carter in Georgia

    That's a bad thing going on EGYPT, but what are you all wanting to do about it? Are you all expecting PRESIDENT OBAMA to jump into that one, too? We aren't able to keep policing the world! We need policing! OBAMA can't just jump out like BUSH did, screaming weapons of mass destruction you know! No set up! SHUT UP BIG BUSINESS! Let this one ride, will ya? Wail! y'all don' com' up wid a nu' werd, huh? L O L! You took another noun and turned it into an adjective! 'fluid situation'; That's real AMERICAN!

    January 28, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
  12. willard

    I heard that obama had no proof birth certficate of state hawaii why obama make trying to people make support pay 100.00 for his birth certifacte of hawaii so he will make trouble of his birth certifacte

    January 28, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
    • D-Nice

      I heard that anyone still debating the birth certificate issue is a fool.

      January 28, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        Yes, the gov. of Hawaii is a fool.

        February 1, 2011 at 11:10 am |
    • brent

      Wow...these are the kind of people who voted for Obummer. Just keep blaming Bush..and keep bashing Sarah Pailin..and keep calling everyone who doesnt agree with this idiot nobel prize..pee wee herman looking..bozo the clown..you call president. Lol..i cant wait until 2012. bye..bye libtards!!

      January 28, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
    • Jeremiah

      A right wing radio host in Hawaii said that the new governor told him that, but then he was forced to retract his statement and admit that he lied. Why I take the time to clarify this with somebody as illiterate as you, I have no idea.

      January 29, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  13. willard

    Well rumor are going around the interent wednesday that the governor of hawaii neil abercromible had said no reccord of obama birth certifactae story take another strange

    January 28, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
    • Dennis

      Ok honestly "Willard" what are you even talking about right now and what language are you speaking? Sure isn't english. The fact that ignorant people such as yourself still deny Obama being an American citizen just displays the undertones of racism in this country. I'm also amazed that someone with your toddler typing ability even had enough brains to create an account and comment on this story.

      January 28, 2011 at 11:37 pm |
  14. Ron

    some people are so mentaly backwarded that still are talking about birth certificate, no wonder we're not number one
    in world in math & science, becasue there are too many dumb people live in country.

    January 28, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
  15. standingwave

    It's a dead issue Willard. Stop trying to revive it with your fake "rumor". Jeff,are you saying they weren't getting aid under Bush?

    January 28, 2011 at 9:26 pm |
  16. netnative

    It would seem our standing formula to declare democracy as the recommended medicine for all world cultures may need amending in light of the Islamic method of government and Islamic culture in general. When husbands practice strict dictatorship within their own family unit, how is it that democracy would be embraced as a method of "organizing" and "ruling" an entire country. Most everywhere we've implemented it (read: imposed it), it faces failure. Time to rewind and rethink this one folks.

    January 28, 2011 at 9:27 pm |
    • Jeremiah

      America itself was paternalistic (father dictatorship) until the feminist movement. We had a semblance of democracy in this country before the Civil Rights movement, so you could say we were just like these Muslim countries until just a few years ago. That's no reason to discourage democracy in the Muslim world. The only reason we care is oil. Let the dictatorships burn and deal with the consequences of Arab democracy. It'll be ugly for a long time, just as it was in this country before the 1960s.

      January 29, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  17. willard

    I know that standingwave are wrong say his word that I am alright about birth certifcate of state hawaii

    January 28, 2011 at 9:31 pm |
  18. othey

    I am shocked!
    Usa preaches democracy,then they looking to cut aid to a country in crises trying to get a ride of a dictator. By the way the 1.3 Billion benefits certain people as it is the case in allthese Arab countries Rulers for life I guess. At this time I wouldn't cut assistance, thisz is the time to provide assistance to this hungry educated people all over the Arab world,.....

    January 28, 2011 at 9:33 pm |
  19. Gary Davis

    we will help them in what ever way is needed . and I hope it all ends well. and peacefully .

    January 28, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
  20. vic

    uuhh to the idiot above, we blame bush cuz it was bush. the bogus 911 story to invade iraq. what happen to bin laden. you belive that really. idiot. he destroyed this economy. loss of jobs, high gas prices. not to mention innocent lives taken for his personal gain. wake up man. name one thing good he did in 8 yrs? im waiting

    January 29, 2011 at 1:20 am |
  21. CanUfixit

    As if US can afford to give them and all these other countries. Obama has a snake up his sleeve on this one.

    January 29, 2011 at 6:23 am |
  22. elise

    I'm all for helping other countries and what not but America is brrrrroooooookkkkkkkeeeee! Not sure why we need to send aid and money giving advice is just fine. Why don't we use the money and aid were sending there to aid our OWN people!

    January 29, 2011 at 8:03 am |
  23. Milton K. Wiah

    When it is not in the interest of America, it is bad. If it is in his interest it is good as anything in the world.
    Saddam Hussin was a good leader supported by the USA to launch a war against Iran. And everybody knows what
    to the good leader in 2003.
    How can USA give 1 billion to a guy who suppresses his political opponents over 3o years. America light that
    fire in Egypt and they should put it off.

    January 29, 2011 at 8:47 am |
  24. xstongue

    I agree with Ted Gunderson on this issue....I agree with all his issues....

    January 29, 2011 at 9:09 am |
    • Jeremiah

      Because you're incapable of original thought.

      January 29, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  25. Gary Davis

    Gary Davis

    January 29, 2011 at 10:42 am |
  26. Bo_da_Bomb

    We need a seasoned president for this, not an unknown community organizer.

    January 29, 2011 at 11:17 am |
  27. makom8

    The World is seeing Obama for what he is. The only way to beat obama is to Deny him. obama, His words describe him, He is a False Hope, If you listen to him you will love him. He carries a Bow without an Arrow. He will conquer all through his speech, his false hoods will capture all who sit and listen to him. The False one. Obama is without a doubt the Anti-Christ. The end is near if you keep following the lawless one. Deny Obama and you will Destroy him. He Is.
    2 Thessalonians 2:11-12
    11And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

    January 29, 2011 at 11:39 am |
    • Albert

      You obviously don't read or understand the Bible. There is no single AntiChrist (1 John 2:18, 19) The words of both Jesus and John plainly indicate that the Antichrist is not a single person but is made up of many individual Antichrists. Moreover, because they are false prophets, one of their main objectives is religious deception.

      If you Belong to a Church that believes that their is a single Antichrist, then you are and Antichrist. Study your Bible!

      January 29, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
    • Albert

      The scriptures you are referring to is Modern day Christianity. Look at all the lies it teaches; Christmas, Easter, eternal torment in fire, Idol worship, etc. Religion is the Antichrist.

      January 29, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
    • Jeremiah

      The Roman papacy is the antichrist.

      January 29, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  28. ken

    yes..all u here on the news is about all the money the usa has sent to all these country's as loans to help them out but u never here about the usa getting any of the loans repayed!! so quit complaining about the recession. go after these other counties to pay us back!! quit giving and start receiving back to get the usa back on track!!!!

    January 29, 2011 at 11:53 am |
  29. Germaine

    Has everyone lost their minds?

    January 29, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
  30. Sees All Evil

    The "delusion" was an unecessary war instigated by a lameduck stolen election puppet republican who had his head up his azz from day one. And palin is the quitter who wants to rule the world pulllleease stop with your absurd propaganda campaign against President Obama! The bag of sh!t W handed him! Mr. Obama's been keeping his promises! Thank God for Mr. Obama!! Anyone who can't see we are making progress needs to seek help. The numbers are there deal with it! Your propaganda is not selling here!

    January 29, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  31. Sees All Evil

    @Willard blah blah blah birth certificate blah blah thats how you sound. Shut yer hole and give your azz a rest!

    January 29, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
  32. willard

    I ask congress why not congress talk with governor neil abermcromible about obama birth certifcate of state of hawaii so im belived that congress make best invesgator or talk with neil about obama birth certifcate of state hawaii

    January 29, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  33. Pac

    willtard, you are stupid. Stop talking.

    January 29, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  34. PG49

    Why is this giving me a flashback of Iran in 1979 ??? Our dumb-a** president is totally clueless to how this will fall into the hands of Hezbollah...

    January 29, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
    • N. Turner

      Hezbollah? LMAO. You have no clue as to whats going on in Egypt or any history in the middle east. Go back to watching Fox News in your moms garage.

      February 1, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
  35. MikeBell

    The White House has no clue on what to do. It's too busy trying to figure out the most politically correct stand. But that stand depends on who it gambles will come out on top.
    It likely does not know the source of the fomentation of the crisis.
    Surely this didn't sneak up on them.

    January 29, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
    • N. Turner

      The WH knows what its doing, you just don't know what you're talking about.

      February 1, 2011 at 11:49 am |
  36. MikeBell

    The first assessment will be that it's Bush's fault and Obama will apologize to the protesters.

    January 29, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  37. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Albert, thanks for your biblical correction to that blogger. Everytime, I have ever based my opinion on THE WORDS from the HOLY BIBLE, here and on other blogs, I get shot down and told that I'm trying to force my faith on them! SATAN is busy! Let's keep speaking 'the WORD only, in season and out'!

    January 29, 2011 at 4:44 pm |