- 08.15.13 06:59 PM EDT
President Obama took time from his vacation in Martha's Vineyard to comment on the growing violence and conflict in Egypt. He said it's "tempting" for both sides to blame the U.S., but change has to come from the Egyptian people themselves who deserve better.
While he refused to take sides, Obama did condemn the violence of the past few days.
"The U.S. strongly condemns the steps taken by Egypt's interim government and security forces," he said.
Obama also commented on ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, saying that he was not inclusive or respectful of all Egyptians' views.
He pleaded for a stop to the "cycle of violence" and called for a peaceful, democratic and prosperous Egypt. He used the announcement to officially cancel the joint military excercises scheduled next month.