Kerry meetings with Zarif have been widely criticized as the former secretary of state has admitted the two met a few times since he left office, no doubt discussing…
(BizpacReview) John Kerry fired an impudent shot at President Donald Trump for his criticism of the former Secretary of State’s meetings with Iranian officials after he left office. But Secretary of State Mike Pompeo minced no words in condemning John Kerry’s “unseemly” behavior after his meetings with Iranian diplomats.
Pompeo was asked about Kerry’s “rogue diplomacy” in a press conference at the State Department on Friday, blasting the former secretary of state for “actively undermining” the U.S. by meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif.
“This is a former secretary of state engaged with the largest state sponsor of terror,” Pompeo said, adding that his behavior was “unseemly and unprecedented.”
“You can’t find precedent for this in U.S. history, and Secretary Kerry ought not to engage in that kind of behavior,” he said. “It’s inconsistent with what foreign policy of the United States is as directed by this president, and it is beyond inappropriate for him to be engaged.”
Massive @SecPompeo broadside on @JohnKerry: “unseemly and unprecedented… According to him… he was telling [Iran] to wait out this Administration. Secretary Kerry ought not to engage in that kind of behavior… It’s beyond inappropriate”
— Nick Schifrin (@nickschifrin) September 14, 2018
Kerry’s meetings with Zarif have been widely criticized as the former secretary of state has admitted the two met a few times since he left office, no doubt discussing the 2015 nuclear deal linked under former President Barack Obama which Trump has since scrapped.
“Fox & Friends” guest host Katie Pavlich suggested the administration could file criminal charges against Kerry who is “essentially fraternizing with the enemy while trying to undermine current foreign policy.”
“I think you might see the Trump administration take more official action, maybe some charges against John Kerry,” Pavlich said on “Fox & Friends” Saturday.
Trump torched the potential 2020 presidential candidate in a tweet after he admitted meeting with Iran’s Foreign Minister and others without the administration’s knowledge or approval.
John Kerry had illegal meetings with the very hostile Iranian Regime, which can only serve to undercut our great work to the detriment of the American people. He told them to wait out the Trump Administration! Was he registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act? BAD!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2018
Kerry shot back with some snarky tweets referring to Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort who reached a plea deal on Friday to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller.
Mr. President, you should be more worried about Paul Manafort meeting with Robert Mueller than me meeting with Iran’s FM. But if you want to learn something about the nuclear agreement that made the world safer, buy my new book, Every Day Is Extra: https://t.co/DKjc33Kvvu https://t.co/cesltkt0zW
— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) September 14, 2018
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