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Lot of growing calls over the course of this weekend to end the US aid to eject.
As we learn at least 1000.
People have been killed since he's deadly protests broke out last week Republican senator Bob -- Now says this is a change of heart for him that we need to re calibrate.
The aide to meet our nation's means listen to that's.
Fact is that.
We need to be looking at what is our national interest and is -- in our national interest to have -- bodies and northeastern.
Sinai that may be threatened.
The security of tennesseans and Americans.
-- -- our national interest and we have four and a half percent of the population in 22% of the world's economic output to ensure that we have priority passage.
In the Suez Canal on that we continue to have good jobs for tennesseans and Americans.
So this year the US will be sending one point six billion dollars in Egypt Egypt aid is really not gone out the door most of it.
Already for this year Tennessee Republican Bob -- is the ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Annie joins me now from his home state good morning senator good to have you here today.
-- mark good morning mark always good to be with him it's great to have you here once against it she talked about -- change of heart this.
That's not a big change artists new bonds look Martha most of the -- has gone out the door for this year and so this fall we get back they'll be a debate about Egypt and hopefully it'll be a good one bit.
You know we'd certainly -- you recount right are paid to Egypt has been basically static for 35 years we've been on the same things year after year after year.
I do think that we have national interest there and I think that are a halt to be tailored.
Towards those national interest you just played a -- -- talked about a few of those yesterday.
A lot of people Martha think that our aid is about -- -- good well if you dwell on the population.
And you know I mean that's nice to be nice if people -- -- but really.
Our foreign aid is about our national interest is about keeping Americans -- care and when you -- I was just I just drove past in Jordan and with a Canadian Jordan's southern part of the country together that just pat drove by a lot -- could see it right across the border.
In Israel -- real -- missiles.
-- that it from the northeast part of this time is that something that concerns us or that we care that people are breeding.
There that might wish us harm so.
The fact is that certainly our -- is we're gonna suspends and I don't think there's any question about that but we need to keep lines of communication open.
We need to have a relationship with -- Egypt that continues to push along.
Our country's national interest and we have national interest there in a country with a 85.
-- and people.
The most important.
Country in some -- in that region so again we're -- caliber like I think we will change some things.
Do we really need -- -- there -- we need to focus on Apache helicopters what is that we need to look at and my guess is Martha.
That we will tear our -- that I we will look at it based on conditions on the ground.
The military acting in a responsible way.
You play all you -- you -- and it -- strengths to it to the age you want to make sure that certain that things are -- -- some sort of guarantee on the Suez Canal in the -- pipeline and you -- to be more conditions base which I understand.
What Israel obviously does not want to -- yes apple back on any of this -- they they they are you know more pleased with that situation.
In terms of the money flying there also Saudi Arabia gives a lot more than we -- In aid to the Egyptian military says it it it looks like.
You know -- in a pretty tight situation in terms of of not cutting that off completely.
I think you're exactly -- and you know there's obviously the events of this last week.
Calls us to realize that look I think we've overestimated what our leverage was.
There we underestimated.
The leverage of the saudis in the UAE safe pledged twelve billion dollars and they want the military to crush the Muslim -- let's face it that's what their focus this.
Our positions a little different and -- and I think that we can leverage our position but.
We do what we do with one to one half percent of our -- made of our entire federal budget.
We do that in large part because we care about the security of our citizens.
But as you mentioned -- -- we have four and a half percent of the world's population and 22%.
Of the economic output of the of the world.
And so changes instability in the world affect our -- is almost more than anyone -- I saw you earlier talked about gasoline prices for instance.
-- rising gasoline prices because of disruptions in that part of the world over time.
Can end up affecting our citizens more than -- when you have a worldwide recession so.
Again -- -- right.
Let's calls our relation not had to be quite as static as this and then let's focus on our national interest but let's keep our lines of communication open.
Senator quit for quickly if you can hear about -- -- -- the president's doing on -- in this situation.
You know I I.
I think he feels like he's on a box -- -- just as you well described in manatee.
You know one hand the military has acted in ways that we can down.
But candidly also come down what was in essence a political group.
Two by the Muslim Brotherhood.
That is so you know I think we understand that the region is and a lot of turmoil.
We don't like the actions have been taken but we want to keep our lines of communication open and so I think there's a nuanced approach that we have to have.
And our national interest so it's a tough situation I think we all understand that I think what we don't -- -- -- -- our nose off despite her face.
He area senator Parker thank you so much what -- -- in -- big stuff coming in this regard -- -- -- the course of this week so we'll be watching closely.
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