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. Me Thinks

    Your taxpayer dollars at work. No wonder Obama thinks Congress is always in recess.

    July 5, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  2. Government Waste is Awesome

    It's so difficult being a limousine liberal.

    July 5, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  3. bdby

    Ambassador Kerry, please don’t go offering more of American tax dollars to this country. You were wrong the first time to do so and a second time would be an insult to the American public. Your ouster would surely be called for.

    July 5, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  4. AlFetahh

    The US mind your own business. What happens in Egypt is Egyptians' business. We don't need your opinion and advise. Leave Egyptians alone.

    July 5, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  5. Ceswho

    LOL at these "party of the people" hacks. It's more like party hardy because it's paid for by the people! Everyone in Washington, including the President, is on vacation. Who is running this country with all the problems going on in the U.S. and the rest of the world? Please don't tell me they need time off, too. They have signed up for leaders of the free world.
    A manufacturing line worker only gets 2-4 weeks vacation and these politician clowns don't work half the year.

    July 5, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  6. Wildman

    Oops! Lied again and got caught AGAIN but that's O.K. because he's 'special'.

    July 5, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  7. AndoverAndy

    State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki issued a statement Wednesday saying “any report or tweet that he was on a boat is completely inaccurate.” DOESN'T Jen ever get tired of obfuscating, misdirecting and outright lying for a living?

    July 5, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  8. Joey

    so what? the US secretary of state was on a yacht when EGYPT had a coup....

    July 5, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  9. chewie402

    I'm sorry, but saying "No, he is not on his yacht, he's been working around the clock since 4 a.m.", then later (after picturing emerge) saying "He was briefly on his yacht" is not "issuing a correction". That's being caught in a rousing game of "Liar Liar Pants On Fire"

    July 5, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  10. Dave

    Come on. Its not like he was windsurfing.

    July 5, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  11. dina

    He is no HIllary Clinton who would have been on this as soon as it happened.

    July 5, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  12. Tim

    Never seen an administration have to "back track" so much before. They continually release "lies", get caught then have to "back track." Obama and his goons....

    July 5, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  13. Thomas

    it was the 4th of July .

    Let Egypt get there own independence day ! As much as Kerry is a Blue blood , he can have some time off . The guy was in
    Brunei , and all over asia last week.

    July 5, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  14. DustyOnes

    Must be nice to be rich and out of touch.

    July 5, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  15. Be Sane

    Non story, again.

    July 5, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  16. ?

    So? Are you implying that he does not have phone, internet and television service on his boat?

    July 5, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  17. John

    This administration can't help by lie, Kerry was not on his boat he has been working. Now that there are photos of him on the boat they change their story. No big deal if Kerry is on his boat or not but it is the lying that gets me. Transparent? Not by a long shot.

    July 5, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  18. jay wright

    Tapper, just take off the rest of the year. This breathless, pointless, gossip is vapid and shallow.

    July 5, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  19. Nodack

    I suppose the coup wouldn't have happened if Kerry wasn't on his boat.

    July 5, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  20. Peach

    Kerry is on a boat, Obama's "on vacation" again.....so what else is new.

    July 5, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  21. Vegasnvdr

    Oops. And where was Obama during Bengazi? Ya, the administration never misleads us

    July 5, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  22. TheTraveler

    So bloody what?! Are we Egyptians? If the SoS wants to celebrate an AMERICAN holiday on his boat, so be it. It's an EGYPTIAN problem and we have no need to stick our noses into it UNTIL the EGYPTIANS sort is out.

    July 5, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  23. kenman

    Ah, the rich democrat elitist that Obama chose to represent America is just one of the 1% that Obama publicly hates but personally seeks to become, using the public wallet of course.

    July 5, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  24. card1122

    What was he supposed to do? Be in Egypt? Come on

    July 5, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  25. lynn

    Nobody cares where Kerry was. Keep looking for a story that we care about, not where Kerry was when Egypt was in turmoil. The middle east is always in turmoil. All we care about is the U.S. needs to stop their foreign aid, PDQ.

    July 5, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
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