(Martha's Vineyard, MA) -- President Obama strongly condemns the deadly violence in Cairo and confirms cancellation of upcoming joint military exercises with Egypt. In a statement from Martha's Vineyard, where he is vacationing, Obama said violence is not the answer and has created a "more dangerous path" to democratic governance in Egypt.
The death toll in Egypt is in the hundreds as the military continues a brutal crackdown on supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi. President Obama noted that Egypt is a key U.S. ally in the Middle East. He also said the U.S. will not take sides in the ongoing dispute. Egypt receives more than one-billion dollars in annual aid from the U.S. Some lawmakers are pushing the White House to end the aid.