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McCaul Calls for Closing of Embassies, Suspension of Aid to Egypt, Libya Following Deadly Attacks

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Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX), Chairman of Homeland Security Oversight & Investigations and member of the Foreign Affairs Middle East Subcommittee, called for the immediate closing of U.S. embassies and consulates in Egypt and Libya, withdraw of U.S. government personnel from both countries, suspension of aid to those countries, and expulsion of their diplomats from the United States. This follows the attacks on the American embassy in Cairo and our consulate in Benghazi that killed the U.S. Ambassador to Libya and members of his staff on Tuesday.

"The United States needs to send a clear signal to other countries that this barbaric behavior will not be tolerated," Rep. McCaul said. "Our embassies abroad are an extension of our homeland. Our personnel serving in embassies are U.S. citizens on diplomatic missions. To attack our homeland and kill our citizens is outrageous, deplorable and it must have severe consequences."

Congressman McCaul called for the suspension of foreign aid to both counties until the Libyan and Egyptian governments officially condemn the actions of the Islamic extremists who perpetrated the violence and demonstrate that they have reigned in Islamic extremists so that American diplomats will be safe in those countries.

"It is time for this administration to end its timid foreign policy and suspendbeing an apologist for actions of the United States around the world. This administration needs to clearly convey that any further violence directed against our embassies will result in the use of force," Rep. McCaul said.

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