July 5th, 2013
01:15 PM ET
10 months ago

State Department admits Kerry was on yacht day of Egypt coup

(CNN) - After the emergence of photographs showing Secretary of State John Kerry on his 76-foot yacht “Isabel” on Nantucket Sound on Thursday, the State Department issued an embarrassing correction Friday morning, back-tracking and acknowledging that the Secretary was in fact on the yacht on Wednesday, the day the Egyptian military staged a coup against democratically-elected Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy.

Originally, State Department officials were quick to deny a Wednesday tweet from CBS News’ Mosheh Oinounou that: “A @CBSThisMorning producer just spotted Secretary of State Kerry on yacht in the Nantucket Boat Basin. No response when she shouted ‘Morsi.’”

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki issued a statement Wednesday saying “any report or tweet that he was on a boat is completely inaccurate.”

“Since his plane touched down in Washington at 4 am, Secretary Kerry was working all day and on the phone dealing with the crisis in Egypt,” Psaki said. “He participated in the White House meeting with the President by secure phone and was and is in non-stop contact with foreign leaders, and his senior team in Washington and Cairo.”

But overnight, photographs emerged showing Kerry on “Isabel” and taking in some kayaking on Thursday.

The New York Daily News just published some of them.

On Friday morning, Psaki issued a second statement, acknowledging that Kerry was “briefly on his boat on Wednesday.”

Kerry again swamped by nautical controversy

She went on to say that “Secretary Kerry worked around the clock all day including participating in the President’s meeting with his national security council, and calls with Norwegian Foreign Minister Eade, Qatari Foreign Minister al-Attiyah, Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu, Egyptian Constitution Party President ElBaradei and five calls Ambassador Patterson on that day alone and since then he continued to make calls to leaders including Emirati Foreign Minister bin Zayed, Prime Minister Netanyahu and Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr.”

An administration official added that none of those calls happened while Kerry was on his boat.


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soundoff (707 Responses)
  1. Brian Murphy

    Unless you want to feed the Egyptian people to the tune of $10 Billion a year then there is nothing we can do so Kerry should stay on his yacht it will be cheaper for us USA taxpayers.

    July 6, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. Josh

    I do not like the government lies just as much as the next person. But do you ever wonder why the government lies. Same reason they hide UFO's the people will freak out about it. So the man had a ride in his boat. I would love to have my government work with a clear mind rather than a stressed one. The Snowden lie...understandable why you would be upset. Kerry in a boat...come on seriously let the man cruise in his boat who cares. He has every right to lie about his personal life cause it is none of your peoples business.

    July 6, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  3. Roy

    He's the 1% let him do as he pleases.

    July 6, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  4. Quit Crying

    If it was no big deal, why lie about? Millionaires do this all the time. Why should he be any different.

    July 6, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  5. patty fraser

    he was taking a vacation so what but why did someone speak out if they didin't know where he was or were they just covering because they knew some one i the press would start howling because a man was on vacation and they could use the word YACHT. Ridiculous news isn't worth hearing or reading anymore

    July 6, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  6. Doug Finegan

    Everyone, including myself, say the US needs to stay out of others peoples political circles and stop being the worlds police... So very bluntly, WHO CARES WHERE KERRY WAS? it was 4th of July weekend. For all I care he could have been gambling on the Vegas strip.. Let the Egyptians figure it out.

    July 6, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  7. EdL

    Kerry's yacht? Maybe his yacht was a present from his fabulously wealthy wife, or was it a gift from his previous fabulously wealthy wife?

    July 6, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
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