Egyptian security forces have arrested two top Muslim Brotherhood officials despite warnings from President Barack Obama against the arrest of President Mohammed Morsi and his supporters.
Saad El Katatni and Rashad Bayoumi were reportedly detained at an undisclosed location. Katatni heads the Freedom and Justice Party, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood. Bayoumi is deputy head of the Brotherhood.
Last year, Bayoumi said the Morsi government planned to bring the peace treaty with Israel to a public referendum. He referred to Israel as an "occupation entity and a criminal enemy."
Obama said he is "deeply concerned" about Morsi's ouster. He urged the Egyptian armed forces to act quickly to reinstate democracy and civilian control.
While Obama said he believes "the future of Egypt can only be determined by the Egyptian people," many Egyptians believe he has sided with Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood instead of the secularist opposition movement.
Egyptians took to social media to express their outrage against Obama and U.S. government policies.
One university student tweeted, "Leave us alone with your fake democracy. We are creating our own real one."
President Obama called an emergency meeting of his national security team. He, along with Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., warned that American aid to Egypt is at risk.
Both said U.S. law prevents a continuation of foreign aid to a nation "when a democratically elected government is deposed by a military coup or decree."
U.S. assistance to Egypt averages $2 billion annually. Leahy said future aid to the Egyptian government will be reviewed by the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Leahy, when it works on the new budget.