Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reacted to the news of John Kerry’s meddling in Iran at an event today and didn’t hold back. He noted that what Kerry did has never happened before and that it is a very negative reflection on him.
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USA Today reports:
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blasts John Kerry over Iran meetings as ‘unseemly’
Asked by conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt if he was “coaching” Zarif about how to handle Trump’s withdraw from the deal, Kerry said no.
“No, that’s not my job, and my coaching him would not, you know, that’s not how it works,” Kerry said, according to a transcript of the interview. “What I have done is tried to elicit from (Zarif) what Iran might be willing to do in order to change the dynamic in the Middle East for the better. You know, how does one resolve Yemen? What do you do to try to get peace in Syria?”
Kerry, in an interview this week with FOX News host Dana Perino, did not directly answer a question when asked whether he specifically told Iranian government officials to wait out President Trump until he leaves office.
“I think everybody in the world is talking about waiting out President Trump,” Kerry responded.
“What Secretary Kerry has done is unseemly and unprecedented,” Pompeo told reporters during a news conference in Washington on Friday. “This is a former secretary of state engaged with the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism.”
Watch the video below:
.@SecPompeo: “What Secretary Kerry has done is unseemly and unprecedented.” He also says: “Secretary Kerry ought not to engage in that kind of behavior.”
— CSPAN (@cspan) September 14, 2018
Pompeo is absolutely correct. Kerry should face real consequences for his actions.