Last week in Cairo, seven U.S. senators had a highly contentious meeting with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi during which the Muslim Brotherhood leader implied that he was the victim of an American media run by the Jews.
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) led a delegation to Egypt, Jordan, Israel and Afghanistan that included Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Chris Coons (D-DE), Kirsten Gilibrand (D-NY), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). Their stop in Cairo included a meeting with Morsi, where the senators pressed him to explain anti-Semitic comments from 2010, when he said Jews were descendants of apes and pigs.
Coons reported that though Morsi told the senators repeatedly that he had no negative views about Judaism or the Jewish people, he then implied that “the media of the United States is controlled by certain forces” who don’t view him favorably. Though Coons acknowledged Morsi did not specifically name the Jews as controlling the American media, he said that all the senators believed the implications were obvious.