Amanpour said she spoke with the president for “about 30 minutes” and asked him if he would step down. Mubarak believes that “if he did so now, even though he says he would like to resign today, there would be chaos,” according to Amanpour. “The Muslim Brotherhood would take over,” Mubarak said.
“I do not want to see Egyptians fighting each other,” he said. “I’m fed up… I’ve had enough. I want to go.” But Mubarak said he told President Obama, “You don’t understand the Egyptian culture and what would happen if I step down right now.”
“I will never run away from this country,” he reiterated. “I will die on this soil.”
Amanpour also sat down with Egypt’s new Vice President Omar Suleiman who told her that he would never authorize the army to use violence against protesters. To the demonstrators, he said Mubarak has met their demands by agreeing not to run for president in the next election, so everyone should just cut it out.