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. Esaul

    Don't get the fuss. But whatevs. Egypt isn't even our concern so it shouldn't be Kerry's or Obama's.

    July 5, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  2. Condoleza

    And just what the frick to people think Kerry could have done about the military coup in Egypt? This is the right wing making a mountain out of a mole hill.

    July 5, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  3. rswon

    So what? He was on his yacht. What's the difference, if he's connected (phone, computer etc)? How many people work from home with no problems? This is no different. BTW, I work from home, on my "days off", lots of people with demanding jobs do the same thing. I'm sure the Secretary of State works on his "days off".

    July 5, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  4. Kevin H

    In reality Kerry could have been in Nantucket or virtually anywhere there was WIFi coverage – and as long as he had secure connectivity he could do his job. It's a bit silly to say that the man couldn't or wouldn't be doing his job because of where he was. In days of your "great men" and women could quietly do as they wished during the summer and no one said anything. What kills me is that the Republicans are all over this. But when Bush was in office those same people basically gave "W" a pass when he was out at his ranch in Crawford. Let me tell you from experience – Crawford doesn't have excellent cell or wireless service. Even if the communications arm of the US army provided Bush with the best satellite service in the world he was in much WORSE shape then Kerry would have been on a boat in Nantucket. In other words yes I'm saying the coverage was probably better there than what Bush had in Crawford. There I said it – the hawks are being – well hawkish.

    July 5, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. rgk

    Who cares? People are allowed to take vacations. Interesting how quickly we forget that Dubya spent 3 out of 8 years (or 1,020 days) of his presidency in Crawford, TX! And he was the PRESIDENT. Seriously, why is this news? Kerry needs to remember to take his magic crystal ball with him next time so he can be sure to predict any incidents of unrest before they happen. And for those of you who will undoubtedly say 'But Dubya was also doing work while in TX, he was always having meetings and in touch with his staff' – unless you can prove the opposite is true for John Kerry, I'd say find something else to complain about.

    July 5, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  6. coastlinecascot

    Its not that Kerry was on a boat. Its the state department got caught lying. So if they lied about something this small. How far would they go to lie about an ambassador getting mauled?

    July 5, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  7. Leo Peter

    More lies, dis-information, distorted facts and untruths from the most "transparent" administration in history...

    July 5, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  8. Jack

    I can't imagine being part of a administration that is expected to be sitting by the phone 24/7.

    July 5, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  9. martin angell

    ahhhh, the privileged life of the upper .01 percent Democrat, Socialist, Liberals hypocrites

    July 5, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  10. Az

    Ha ha ha , Ya just gotta love the Washington Elite!

    LIARS to the core!

    July 5, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  11. NC

    CNN we celebrated our Independence yesterday. Republicans and Democrats are allowed a break. This is a non story. If we wait on some of the countries in the world including our own to be problem free no will ever get a day off. It just does not make sense to continue to fan the flames against republicans or democrats. Even though we may differ on our beliefs we don't need to trash each other day in and day out.

    July 5, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  12. Name

    Who cares where he was, Egypt is not america and they need to solve their own problems just like we need to solve ours.

    July 5, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  13. j

    oh but wait, its not a coup...at least according to Obama, to justify his giving millions more to a terrorist organization

    July 5, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  14. miller

    george bush was at camp david on vacation for (487 days at his ranch in texas ranch (490 days imagine anyone talking that much off they would be fired before the first year president obama has vacation ( first & second tearn a total of (83) days

    July 5, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  15. Cody K

    Who cares? Why does the US Government feel like they need to be involved in everything. Most foreigners love US citizens but despise our government.

    July 5, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  16. Dean

    Yea boy this administration is the most transparent since uh,,, let's see,,, since .....maybe since???

    July 5, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  17. Jobu

    Egypt is its own mess.
    What's Kerry got to do with it?

    July 5, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  18. Jeff.

    Do you have any Gray Poupon?

    July 5, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  19. joe

    So, I suspect the timing of the coup wasn't relayed to Kerry ahead of time. Is he supposed to have no time off at all, just in case some crisis occurs? Get over it.

    July 5, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  20. Ted Ward

    This administration is always holding others to their own high standards while, having no standards of their own to speak of, the administration routinely lies about everything, even the small things, like what the Secretary of State was doing the day before yesterday.

    July 5, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  21. Ruth

    doesn't anyone answer the phone in Washington? Nice to know we are being protected and the elite,sorry,the elected ones are not doing what we pay them to do....I want my money back....I am tired of liars....how can we expect the truth from our children when the adults lie????? I just do not get it.....

    July 5, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  22. Nate in CA

    you can bet that if I had a yacht, I'd be working from it right now.

    July 5, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  23. Like a BOSS

    Why would you go yell Morsy at him while he is on his boat? Dude was just relaxing, i'm sure he was well aware of the situation.

    July 5, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  24. chris

    so instead we should have leaders doing – what, exactly? Sitting by the phone for hours? shuffling some papers for a photo op to look important? please. Oh, and cue the fake outrage once more...

    July 5, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  25. Csharp

    Now that we've found Kerry, some media outlet oughta ask him about the money he promised to give to Morsi and his govt in Egypt. Where is it? Of course, our Dear Leader in the White House will approve of Kerry's actions.

    July 5, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
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