Egyptian media has accused the late US senator and presidential nominee John McCain of being the 'Godfather', 'leader', and 'real Supreme Guide' of the Muslim Brotherhood organisation.
In remarks, he made during a talk show aired on Sada El-Balad TV, the Egyptian media personality and TV host Ahmed Moussa claimed that McCain, recognised in the US as a national war hero and longtime senator, was, in fact, the 'real Supreme Guide' of the Muslim Brotherhood.
"John McCain is the real Supreme Guide of the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood, not Badee and not Akef," Moussa said.
"Today was John McCain's funeral, which the leaders of the criminal Brotherhood in America have taken part in," he continued, " and they performed the Absentee funeral prayer for John McCain in Qatar, Turkey, USA, and Britain. "
"[McCain] was the main supporter for the terrorist Brotherhood," he added. "Senator McCain was the one who opened up the Congress to the Brotherhood. He was the one arranging the meetings and appointments and providing them with protection."
The American politician and Vietnam veteran died on 25 August, aged 81, from the effects of brain cancer and was buried at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland after a small private ceremony.
US President Donald Trump ordered the White House flag to be re-lowered in recognition of McCain's record and service to the country, following outrage at the raising of the flag for only two days of national mourning.
Moussa said that McCain was "a stronger ally" to the Muslim Brotherhood than Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
Tamim is just for the money, they have no problem getting rid of him in the morning if they found another financial backer. Erdogan just to strengthen them, nothing much, but John McCain was the one raising them above. He had opened doors for them.
Moussa's comments come days after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi had approved the controversial Law of the National Media Commission, a media regulator to be chosen by him with the power to control all mass media in the country, which is the second largest recipient of American foreign aid after Israel.