McCain supports the idea of shifting assistance to Egypt away from fighter jets, tanks and other conventional weapons systems toward programs that would address the country’s most immediate security challenges, such as the deterioration of internal police forces and a growing terrorist threat in the Sinai Peninsula.
Collins, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said she found her colleagues’ push for an aid package more focused on counterterrorism “intriguing.”
She added: “It might be a better way to control what exactly is done with the aid. Egypt is still an important player in the region, and it’s still possible that it can come through this turmoil and be a constructive player. But I think the jury is still out on that.”