July 5th, 2013
01:15 PM ET
9 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.


Filed under: Egypt • John Kerry • State Department
soundoff (707 Responses)
  1. FubarObama

    Just Another vacation for someone in the Obama administration

    July 5, 2013 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  2. gahh

    US needs to stay out of Egypt, and stop giving those murderers our tax dollars. How stupid for government employees in this country to be forced to take furloughs, while millions and billions of our tax dollars, are sent to Muslim countries that hate despise us. To stupid for words.

    July 5, 2013 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  3. Dukeling

    Kerry is another wealthy liberal democract who wants to increase the tax of struggling americans yet he could have shared all that wealth to all the so called "poor" people that he claims that he wants to uplift their quality of life. NOw, we know the modus operandi to get elected into office, and it is that proclaiming that one represents the interest and welfare of the poor will surely get you the votes needed to be put into that office. The same modus operandi used by all thick skinned politicians all over the world, since the beginning of time....

    July 5, 2013 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  4. VEW2012

    The 4th of July is a national holiday, if the Secretary of State wants to conduct business from his own yacht on a holiday I'm sure it is equipped with the communication gear that is needed. Hello! This is 2013 I'm sure PRIZM has worked out exactly where he can be found.

    July 5, 2013 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  5. Donnie the Lion

    You can work from a boat.....the optics might not be great, but if you have phone and Internet access, you can get stuff done until you get back to the office. CEOs do it all the time.

    July 5, 2013 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  6. Kman66

    Funny stuff!:

    "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".

    This is the ABSOLUTE EPITOME of the Obama Administration! I could not have described his dishonesty any better than watching this minor incident unfold.

    July 5, 2013 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  7. Steven Holman

    I think what is important here, is how rich Romney is. About 1/10 of Kerry's wife.

    July 5, 2013 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  8. John Lenin

    Seems one cannot believe anything from this administration.

    July 5, 2013 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  9. Gl Remote

    The bad thing Kerry lied about being on his yacht and ignoring the state department. The good thing Kerry was on his yacht and ignoring the state department.

    July 5, 2013 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  10. Rich

    C'Mon. the guy doesn't get to take a two hour vacation? He was on the road for 2 weeks. Does the US have to solve every global crisis every minute of every day on this great earth? Egypt needs to figure out Egypt. Call if we can do anything.... sheesh

    July 5, 2013 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  11. Oh well

    And I thought Mitt was the one who was rich and out of touch....hmmmm.....

    July 5, 2013 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  12. EbonyDelite

    Why are you surprised? The Powers That Be enjoy life to the fullest while the rest of us have to choose between food and necessary medications!

    July 5, 2013 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  13. AdamL

    No one should begrudge him his vacation or time off on the holiday. It is just disappointing however that the immediate reaction of the talking heads in the WH is to lie about it. And only when photos emerge do they backtrack. Just say "yes the SoS what enjoying the holiday as were most Americans. He kept in touch and was fully participating in discussions." Period. Instead the growing number of those of us who mistrust the government now have another example.

    July 5, 2013 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  14. Wesley

    I am sick and tired of our media, our government, and the petty taunts that our citizens make.

    I don't care if SOS Kerry was grilling, boating, or skiing in the Alps. It isn't my business what he is doing on his holiday. I am just sick of it.

    Why must everyone be in everyone else's business?

    July 5, 2013 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  15. karl from az

    Thanks AmeriKA for our foreign policy leaders! Benghazi & Egypt: both Hillary & Kerry 'out to lunch'!

    July 5, 2013 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  16. Spencer

    Kerry has always been more into living the good life and getting attention than he is into hard work. It took away from his seriousness as a Presidential candidate and it's taking away from his, and our national, credibility in the State Department. Can't he just be appointed ambassador to a tropical country and go out of sight?

    July 5, 2013 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  17. Wazzie

    So Kerry paddles while Cairo burns. Is his boat named "The Fiddler" or "Nero"?

    July 5, 2013 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  18. Dean

    Steveo

    @Jeffrey,
    Anybody ever lie that Bush was at his ranch?

    Nope.

    July 5, 2013 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  19. holybull

    So what if he was on his yacht? Is he a slave to his position? No.

    July 5, 2013 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  20. holybull

    I was at a strip club the other day when I called in sick to work. I even got a lap dance from one of the girls who's someone's daughter where I work. So what?

    July 5, 2013 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  21. BO

    Is his boat named "swiftboat kerry".

    July 5, 2013 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  22. Harsh Times

    Funny – One post here says that Kerry can spend the holiday any way he likes except if wasn't the holiday – it was the 3rd. I worked on the 3rd as did millions of Americans. Maybe you apologists are living on the government dole and could start your vacation early. And for those hypocrites that think it is ok to not be working on the 3rd when Egypt was falling apart if this had been Bush on the ranch or Condi Rice on the golf course you would have been apoplectic over the lack of attention from the GOP.

    July 5, 2013 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  23. Timus

    On his boat for the 4th of July holiday? The nerve of that guy...

    July 5, 2013 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  24. works4me

    As idiotic as the Bush and his cronies were, they were never so heavily scrutinized as their every move, their every word as the Obama administration. Misinformation... that's all Not a cover up. Geeze people, here's where pot should be legalized. Then most wouldn't give a mitt. Lighten up!

    July 5, 2013 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  25. gmenfan54

    Sort of like Nero playing the violin while Rome was burning.

    July 5, 2013 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
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