US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's quick stopover in Egypt was nothing short of a PR disaster, drawing the ire of various liberal and Christian groups and public figures who believe America had 'cut' a deal with the Muslim Brotherhood.
In the port city of Alexandria, shoes were thrown at Mrs Clinton's motorcade, which was also pelted with tomatoes that struck one Egyptian official on the face.
In a further show of anger at the visit, some protesters took to chanting 'Monica, Monica, Monica', in reference to the former White House intern, Ms Monica Lewinsky, who allegedly had an affair with Hillary's husband and former US President Bill Clinton.
The Free Egyptians and the Front for Peaceful Change were two of the groups that protested Mrs Clinton's visit with the latter issuing a statement calling on the public to join the “rejection of perceived US interfere in Egypt's affairs and its alleged deal-making with the Muslim Brotherhood”.
Coptic Christian public figures and politicians, including business tycoon Naguib Sawiris, political activist Michael Mounir, former MP Georgette Qilliny and former MP Emad Gad, also refused to meet with Mrs Clinton, saying by her meeting with the Muslim Brotherhood and ultra-conservative Salafis earlier, she was recognising sectarian divisions.
A statement released by the group said since the January revolution, a number of US officials, including Mrs Clinton, on visits to Egypt had meetings with various Islamists groups, while excluding others, which further demonstrated the Obama administration's support for “Islamism over other political and civil forces”.
Two church leaders, Coptic Bishop Morcos and Evangelical Safwat al Bayadi, also refused to meet Mrs Clinton, because of what they believe to be US support for Islamists and “interference in Egyptian internal affairs”.
According to Mr Gad: “In exchange for (Mohamed) Morsy's being named president, the Brotherhood is expected to protect Israel's security by pressuring Hamas – the Brotherhood's branch in Palestine – not to launch military attacks against Israel, and even accept a peace agreement with Tel Aviv."
Mrs Clinton sought to dispel the idea of a deal with any group with a senior US official stating: "She wanted, in very, very clear terms, particularly with the Christian group this morning, to dispel that notion and to make clear that only Egyptians can choose their leaders, that we have not supported any candidate, any party, and we will not."