GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - The chaos in Egypt has turned into a multi-dimensional challenge for the U.S.
The Obama administration is treading lightly while members of Congress are split on how to deal with Egypt, including Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison.
"I would cut off aid. I would; however, engage in intense diplomacy in Egypt and in the region," Ellison said on ABC's This Week.
University of Minnesota professor William Beeman is a national expert on the Middle East. He believes cutting off aid could complicate the situation even more.
"The administration is afraid that if they pull the aid to Egypt then the military is free to do what they'd like, which may include canceling the peace treaty with Israel," he said.
"Also the U.S. wouldn't have any influence over the Egyptian government if we weren't paying them," he continued.
White House officials have delayed fighter jets and canceled a military training program to send a message to Egyptian leader, but there's growing demand from all parties to cut the cord.
Rep. Betty McCollum sent out statement denouncing the violence and said "suspending military aid to Egypt must be a consideration if the situation does not improve in the near term."
That's an option Beeman think is highly unlikely.
"I'm sorry to say that their concern is not for the Egyptian people but rather for our foreign policy, and our foreign policy interests are very solidly in favor of creating security for Israel," Beeman said.
As the violence continues, a White House spokesperson said Monday there is more aid in the pipeline that's under review and now under pressure.
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