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. Female

    So let me get this straight. When a republican is rich and on vacation, all the leftist offer criticism. When a democrat goes on his yacht during a riot in a land filled with turmoil, it's not only excusable, it's a fine thing to do.

    July 6, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  2. tayllor1234

    Liberal elites sucker punch America once again.

    July 6, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  3. TeddyN

    It's a free country, no law says a person can not be on a boat. Im sure that Ted Cruz would love to have a law passed that says American's are not allowed to have a little fun and must work 24/7. Republican stupidity says Americans are not allowed any freedom to have a little rest and relaxation

    July 6, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  4. chuck

    And the other guy at the golf course im sure

    July 6, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  5. blakenaustin

    You can't believe a word Obama or his chief lieutenants say. They are all compulsive liars and deceivers. When will they be held accountable?

    July 6, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  6. actionjacks7

    So what!!!! Kerry has a right to some down time.

    July 6, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  7. Paul Brinkiman

    Being on the yacht is not a big deal. It didn't become a big deal until the State Department lied. Why would they even try. There was no reason. This is why Hillary will not win in 2016. She was a part of the big lie machine.

    July 6, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  8. vol_in_socal

    They lie even when they don't have to. It's a cultural thing.

    July 6, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  9. 777driver

    What a loser, he doesn't have a normal 9 to 5 job. Egypt and the political fallout of the Snowden affair involving our relations with multiple countries, should to precedence over his vacation.

    Of course, having an administration spokesperson lying about his whereabouts is doesn't surprise anybody. Like Obama said last week, when referring to the South African press corps; he likes journalists that "don't ask too many questions."

    July 6, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  10. Willie12345

    Why did the State Department lie ? We just can't trust the government anymore.

    July 6, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  11. Andy Klein

    Why do we want him involved in the affairs of another nation? Why can't we keep our noses inside of our own borders?

    July 6, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  12. M. Edward Triefler

    The man had been flying around for weeks on Gov business, and some dummies don't believe he should take a part of a day off? If it had been Dubba what would they be saying, a "Patriotic American" enjoying the July 4th!

    July 6, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  13. Adam

    Too funny watching you sheep try to cover for John Kerry. If this was a republican on a yacht, and was lying about him being on the job, you liberals would be screaming your face off.

    July 6, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  14. SAllen

    I am sure that the Secretary of State has adequate communication equipment that allows him to be in contact with the president and the other key governmental players whether he is in his office or on his yacht. The fact that he was on his yacht is not at all disturbing. What I do not understand is the willingness to lie when the truth would do just as well. On one level it demonstrates a lack of understanding of how to deal with minor issues. If he had just said, "sure I was on the yacht, what was wrong with that?", that would be the end of the matter. The lie makes the minor issue significantly more than it otherwise would have been. On a more basic level, if he or his spokesman is perfectly willing to lie on minor issues that can be checked, how credible should he be on major issues that are more difficult to check?

    July 6, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  15. MR. JAMES

    what is the purpose of lying about kerrys location? what other lies are being told by his handlers?

    July 6, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  16. Monza79

    I don't mind that he's ON A BOAT. I mind the lying. Stop lying.

    July 6, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  17. hoosierman5000

    When Bush was in office and he was doing things that seemed a little shady, the left was all up in arms. I thought that they had righteous anger even though I didn't agree with them. Watching these same people defend far worse corruption or be silent has killed any respect for the left in my book. They really were just political hacks with no principle all along.

    July 6, 2013 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  18. Mom

    Can't lie and get away with it these days, too many smart phones taking pics. They should have just been honest in the first place, he wasn't doing anything wrong. Both sides need to stop lying, just put the truth out there and let the people decide. Stop trying to manipulate what people think, it doesn't work anymore.

    July 6, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  19. galosheen

    This is the worst administration ever. Condy Rice was respected throughout the world. Kerry is a joke just like Obama. Thanks for nothing, Dems!

    July 6, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  20. midnitejax

    When the attacks of 9/11 occurred, Dubya was siting in a kiddies chair in a school room with little kids, trying to read a kiddies book. And Kerry's the bad guy for being someplace else when violence broke out in Egypt? Utter nonsense spouted by a desperate GOP.

    July 6, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  21. Michigan_Joe

    Who cares where Kerry was? As if he was notified in advance and Egypt wanted his input, then the subject is mute. The GOP is crying tears before 2014. What a disgrace the GOP has become.

    July 6, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  22. hender1123

    They just wanted to be careful to identify which one of Kerry's yachts he was on that day. One can't expect Kerry to interrupt his yachting because a bunch of people are protesting in Egypt. Those people are of no interest to Kerry. They don't dress for dinner and they work for a living. How demeaning would that be, getting a job and working for a paycheck. The women they marry can't even support them let along by them a jet airplane or a fancy yacht.

    July 6, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  23. Sherey

    What is all the fuss about? With all the technology we have it is possible for anyone to work from anywhere these days. There is always some crisis...one can't be velcroed to their office.

    July 6, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  24. Gudge

    As a Canadian, I really don't care for either party. What I have issue with is that this administration seems more concerned with image than anything else to the point where they are willing to lie about the facts. Doesn't true democracy begin with trust and wasn't Obama going to change how things were done in Washington? So much for that promise. Wouldn't it be refreshing if Kerry said: "Ya, I was on my boat, so what?" But instead you as voters seem to encourage spin almost to the point where you want to be lied to as long as you don't know about it.

    July 6, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  25. Karla Katz

    It's not about him being on his own boat.... it's all about the LIES this administration keeps issuing, and then backtracking when they're caught... It's the LIES, folks, nothing else.

    July 6, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
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