McCain: Morsi removal 'was a coup and US aid should stop'

Republican senator John McCain told BBC's Newsnight that the arrest of Mohamed Morsi had been a "coup", and US aid should be withdrawn as a result.

Republican senator John McCain has said that President Morsi's removal was 'a coup.' Credit: Maurizio Gambarini/DPA/Press Association Images

He said: "The law is very clear that if there is a coup that aid is cut off and we decided not to do that.

"It's a great tragedy and the United States is basically an observer."

Although President Obama has cancelled as planned joint military exercise in Egypt, he has given no indication that the US will cut its £830 million ($1.3 billion) in aid to Egypt.