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"They can't come out and call it a coup or side with one of the factions for obvious reasons, the foreign aid issue and also because the administration doesn't want to take the position it's opposing a democratically elected government in Egypt," said democratic strategist Julian Epstein.
Regardless, Republicans are taking the president to task for his support for Egypt's former leader.
"This administration has been seen to be allied to two repressive governments in a row," said Ramesh Ponnuru, senior editor for National Review and visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.
The United States has provided Egypt with billions of dollars in economic and military aid. As the dust settles in Cairo and politicians reconvene in Washington after the July 4 recess, Congress will have to decide on the future of American support for the Middle Eastern nation in transition.
"Until there's a new, solid president or not there, they need to figure out what to do, because the clock is ticking," said Jackie Kucinich, host of The Washington Post's new politics show "In Play."
Check out the video above for full analysis of Washington's reactions to the coup.