It was Obama's first statement on the rapidly deteriorating situation in Egypt, where spiraling violence has left more than 500 people dead in clashes between the military-backed interim government and supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.The violence prompted the Egyptian government to declare a nationwide state of emergency and a nighttime curfew.
Obam spoke from Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, where he is on vacation.
The Bright Star military exercise has been a centerpiece of the two countries' military relations for decades.
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