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.


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soundoff (707 Responses)
  1. Ralph_in_FL

    The bonehead play was claiming he was in his office.

    July 5, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  2. pettyrichard

    It's about integrity!!! Yes, Kerry can do anything from his yacht that he can from his office. Therefore, anger should be directed toward the person who denied that he was on the yacht.

    July 5, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  3. Learn to Fish

    Big story isn't that he was on a yacht, it's how comfortable this administration is with lying to the public.

    July 5, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  4. MBSeattle

    What is disturbing is the State epartment Spokes person had a different story. It's ok to be on a Yatch. It is ok to be on vacation. It is not ok to try so hard with a story.

    July 5, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  5. Gloria

    Please leave this man alone! Is the expectation that being Secretary of State means that there is no time for leisure? And in this sophisticated electronic/digital age, one doesn't have to be right there in person to communicate with others about the issues at hand.

    July 5, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  6. Mark

    Sorry but what exactly is the significance of this? are we to report when they are on the throne too?

    July 5, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  7. Tom

    And where was Kerry supposed to be? Next you'll be complaining Kerry wasn't dressed properly for a coup. This story is lame. As I recall George W. Bush was reading stories to kindergarten kids when 9-11 happened. Was that bad? We all have to be somewhere. You can't always be sitting in a bunker waiting for some incident to happen. The President and his cabinet are always reachable. I don't see the problem. This is simply a non-story.

    July 5, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  8. rdeed

    I'm sure that if Sec of State did the same thing 6-7 years ago, they'd ask for the Pres. bush to resign because he is so dumb . Talk about a double standard!

    July 5, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  9. atlsouth56

    Must have been Kerry's fault for the collapse in Egypt.

    July 5, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  10. Will

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

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

    Another fine example of our government in action. We'll tell you what the hell we want to and you better believe it.

    Given the fact that John Kerry's skills as an ambassador are less honed then his skills as a Heinz ketchup gigolo, it was probably just as well that he actually WAS on his yacht.

    July 5, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  11. jod

    I like it how the administration was caught lying about where he was. A lie is a lie is a lie

    July 5, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  12. ME

    The 1% government at work.

    July 5, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  13. 7th Congressional District, Virginia

    Is it just the knee-jerk response of this administration to lie about everything, even trivial stuff like where Kerry was doing nothing? Transparency seems to be a bit muddied these days.

    July 5, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  14. cp1205

    And...so....is that the story?
    I think you need to hire actual journalists or reporters or whatever you want to call them that can actually contribute somethiing newsworthy.

    July 5, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  15. Amanda

    really? Who the hell cares? This is not the 1900's anymore, we ALL have phones in our pocket and internet wherever we go. What are we going to do about Egypt anyway. What happens in other countries should be something to keep an eye on, but at the same time, none of our damn business. I am so tired of the media constantly having to make a big deal of nothing. Are our leaders (on both sides) not allowed to have fun and spend time with their families on a holiday like the rest of us.

    July 5, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  16. Kay

    Does anyone believe anything our Government tells us anymore? And did anyone really think Kerry would be anymore on the job than Hillary was?

    July 5, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  17. Steve

    LOL – caught in a 'Lie' again – when will these politicians learn to just 'Tell the Truth' and have their staff do the same- what idiots!!

    July 5, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  18. roy

    Why the fuss mega wealthy people such as Kerry can do what he pleases when he pleases where he pleases.The bright spot to this story confirms Kerry isn't giving away billions of tax dollars overseas at the moment.

    July 5, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. brian in dc

    When they lie about trivial things then one has to assume they lie about everything. Well at least they are transparent liars.

    July 5, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  20. brian in dc

    Time to tow him back to Easter Island

    July 5, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  21. Adam

    I don't see how this is a story. Obama is surrounded by very smart and capable advisors. I don't agree with everything Obama does, but if a crisis was unfolding, that would've made the perfect time for Kerry to have a vacation. If there's any kind of world crisis please keep Kerry and Biden busy with vacations or Legos. Good call Mr. President, now try to make good calls a habit for the first time.

    July 5, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  22. JLM

    He was on a 3 hour tour with Lovey. Everyone deserves vacation time, it's true. But with this administration there is more vacation time than work time.

    July 5, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  23. JC

    Kerry didn't build that yacht.

    July 5, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  24. Gimmemore

    Big flippin deal. Was he on the toilet at the same time??

    July 5, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  25. Hammerer

    During the 2008 the question of the 3AM phone call was discussed.
    Who would be the best to answer was the question. So far no one has been available when the call came. Out looking for votes or playing or just plain refusing to admit where thet were.
    What leaders?

    July 5, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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