JERUSALEM, Israel -- U.S. President Obama's decision to slash military aid to Egypt in light of its crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood is viewed by many as manipulation and meddling in the nation's internal affairs.
Some Egyptians see it as "brazen betrayal, or worse yet, as patronizing," reports Sophia Jones in Egypt Daily News.
Jones describes the most common sentiment in Cairo "these days" is that "the cut-off marks the strongest proof yet that Washington is an enemy of the Egyptian state."
"Egypt will not surrender to American pressure and is continuing its path toward democracy as set by the roadmap," Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman Badr Abdel Atty said following the announcement.
Abdel Atty told the London-based newspaper al-Sharq al-Awsat Friday that Egypt will not allow any foreign intervention in its internal affairs, while acknowledging the decision "came at a bad time because Egypt is fighting a war with terrorism."
Some believe standing up against U.S. pressure increases Egyptian Defense Minister Gen. Abdel Fatah El-Sisi's popularity.
"The U.S. just guaranteed Sisi will be president," tweeted a young entrepreneur named Adam Mowafi, the Daily Beast reported.
Mowafi said the partial cut-off in U.S. aid may be seen by the populace as "taking scraps."
In the weeks following Islamist President Mohammed Morsi's ouster, posters depicting Obama as Osama Bin Laden accompanied widespread accusations that former U.S. Ambassador Anne Patterson, the "ambassador from hell," catered to the Brotherhood.