White House press secretary Jay Carney said President Obama was "correct" in saying that Egypt is not an ally of the United States.
"The President, in diplomatic and legal terms, was speaking correctly, that we do not have an alliance treaty with Egypt," Carney said during a press gaggle in Golden, Colorado, according to the White House press office. "'Ally' is a legal term of art. As I said, we don’t have a mutual defense treaty with Egypt like we do, for example, with our NATO allies. But as the President has said, Egypt is a longstanding and close partner of the United States, and we have built on that foundation by supporting Egypt’s transition to democracy and working with the new government."
Obama said earlier in an interview with Telemundo that the United States does not "consider [Egypt] an ally, but we don't consider them an enemy." The State Department, however, has said that it still considers Egypt an ally, regardless of what the president has said.