President Obama and John McCain
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President Obama and 2008 election opponent John McCain are getting along better these days -- but not over Egypt.
The Arizona Republican senator says it is high time for the United States to cut off $1.3 billion in aid to Egypt's military government in light of its violent crackdown on protesters.
"We have no credibility," McCain told CNN's State of the Union. "We do have influence, but when you don't use that influence, then you do not have that influence."
U.S. military aid is fueling anti-American sentiment, McCain said.
"With Apache helicopters flying overhead (in Egypt), nothing is more symbolic of the United States of America siding with the generals," McCain said.
Also from CNN:
"McCain, along with Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, traveled to Egypt earlier this month at the request of President Barack Obama to implore military leaders to begin holding elections and transition into a democracy.
"While McCain voted late last month to maintain aid to Egypt, the longtime senator has since had a change of heart and is now joining others, including Republican Sen. Rand Paul, in calling for the Obama administration to suspend aid.
"Breaking from his vacation in Martha's Vineyard last week, Obama made a statement about the renewed unrest in Egypt, saying the U.S. will cancel its upcoming joint military exercises with the country. But he stopped short of suspending the aid."