“Renounce the statement, and the move that he just made,” McCain said during an appearance on Fox News. Allow the judiciary to function. If the judiciary is flawed in some way, then, that is an illness that can be cured over time but, absolutely, to assume this kind of power is unacceptable to the United States of America and, then, we can outline what actions might be taken. But first, condemn it.”

The Arizona lawmaker said that even though Morsi had helped broker a recent peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians, the United States should not feel constricted in demanding the Egyptian leader abandon his new powers. Morsi’s move has sparked mass protests in Egypt, leaving hundreds injured.

“Our leverage is obviously, not only the substantial billions in aid we provide, plus, debt forgiveness and an IMF deal… marshaling world public opinion is against this kind of move by Mr. Morsi,” McCain said.