Nightly News   |  July 03, 2013

Obama ‘deeply concerned’ at military’s removal of Morsi

The president is asking Egypt’s military to quickly return full authority to their democratically elected civilian government. The White House is now on the spot because of the perception among Egypt’s protesters that the U.S. overlooked president Mohammed Morsi’s crackdown on democracy.  NBC’s Andrea Mitchell reports.

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>>> after watching all of this from the white house , now we turn to the u.s. role and reaction to all of this. let's bring in chief foreign affairs correspondent, andrea mitchell in our d.c. newsroom tonight, andrea?.

>> reporter: good evening, brian. tonight after meeting with his national security team, an unusual emergency meeting, president obama issued a statement, saying is he deeply concerned on the military's removal of president morsi and the suspension of the constitution, the president is calling upon the military there to quickly return full authority to a democratically elected civilian government. and he says to avoid arbitrary arrests of morsi and his supporters, the president is also directing review of america's a billion and a half dollars of annual aid to egypt. the white house is on the spot though because or a perception, a widely held perception among protesters and elsewhere in the arab world that the u.s. has overlooked morsi's crackdown on democracy as long as he agreed to keep the 34-year peace treaty with israel. critics say that the u.s. should have withheld some of its aid along the way and the irony is, after being abused of sticking too long with hosni mubarak two years ago, once again, the u.s. is being tagged with being on the wrong side of history in egypt, brian?

>> we'll watch as this continues to roll out. andrea mitchell in our d.c. newsroom tonight. andrea, thanks.