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McCain, Graham Double Down On Claim That Egyptian Military Uprising Was A "Coup"

The senators traveled to Egypt Monday to meet with leaders and discuss ways to restore order to the country. "If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's a duck," McCain said when asked to define the word "coup."

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McCain: "I'm not here to go through the dictionary. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's a duck."

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Graham: "I don't know how the Arab Spring has affected Egypt, but it certainly has affected the United States."

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Graham: "Violence will kill, literally and figuratively, the future of Egypt. Four hundred maybe have died, who knows? If 400 more die, it's going to be very difficult to put this country back on track."

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An Al Jazeera reporter said that Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Egypt's defense minister, said he'd explained to Graham and McCain that what happened in Egypt was not a coup and that the senators had agreed to relay that information to Congress.

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What the senators said at the press conference appeared to be in direct contradiction to al-Sisi's reported account of his talks with them.

Jacob Fischler is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, D.C.

Contact Jacob Fischler at jacob.fischler@buzzfeed.com.

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