Obama treads cautiously on Egypt leader's ouster

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By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is treading carefully after Egypt's military overthrew President Mohammed Morsi, wary of taking sides between a democratically elected leader and a people's aspirations for prosperity and inclusive government.

President Barack Obama, in his first comments after Morsi was forcibly ousted, says the U.S. won't support certain sides or parties. He says Egyptians have legitimate grievances against Morsi, but also says Morsi was democratically elected.

He's also not calling it a coup, leaving wiggle room to navigate a law requiring the U.S. to suspend foreign aid to nations that experience a coup d'etat. He says he's ordered a review of what the developments mean for $1.5 billion in annual aid to Egypt.

The State Department is ordering all nonessential U.S. diplomats and their families to leave Egypt.

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