Expressing concern over President Mohammed Morsi’s decision to assume sweeping powers through a decree, the White House on Tuesday said that the Egyptian government ought to reflect the will of the people.

“We have some concerns about the decisions and declarations that were announced on November 22nd, and those concerns reflect the concerns that many Egyptians have and that others in the international community have, because we’ve approached this transformation in Egypt with basic principles in mind, and that is we support democracy,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters.