July 5th, 2013
01:15 PM ET
1 year 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. John

    It has nothing to do with being on vacation or taking a day off. The big deal is the lying. This administration lies at the drop of a hat. Damn be honest for a change, after a while no one is going to believe anything when you lie over the smallest of things.

    July 5, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  2. trendar

    He is an embarrassment as Secy of State. What about the Bolivian Presidential plane fiasco?

    July 5, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. CatLover

    Jake ... dude ... this is really digging for something, anything, don't you think? Slow news cycle, was it?

    July 5, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  4. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Who cares except the GOP barons and their stooges !!!!!

    July 5, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  5. Ace

    Guess he could have put on a Superman cape and flown over there.

    July 5, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  6. drwho

    Ah, the State Dept. at it again.

    July 5, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  7. Justin

    Are we surprised that the State Department has turned into the Department of Disinformation?

    As the previous SOS stated in the Benghazi Hearings, "What the hell difference does it make now?"

    July 5, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  8. Norm

    Incompetence covered by lies and finally backtracking. Same ol', same ol' at State it seems. And to think some folks wanted this joker or his predecessor to be POTUS.

    July 5, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  9. Jeff

    The Obama administration doesn't care about democracy and the truth so why would they care about a coup in Egypt

    July 5, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  10. Clyde

    So our Secretary of State can't ever take any time off? Should he be allowed to wash his hands after a visit to the men's room? This stuff is absolute nonsense! CNN must have had a slow news day to print this garbage.

    July 5, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  11. Fred Phred

    What it is with technology-challenged GOPers? I know you're old and your party is shrinking, but do we need to add stupid to the list too? Ever heard of cell phones and vpn connections? Are you people too dumb to understand that you don't need to be at your office to get a phone call, check email, or log into your corporate network?

    This isn't 1976 anymore. Time to advance your party and your knowledge.

    July 5, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  12. paul

    If this was a Republican, CNN would have made it headline news! LOL

    July 5, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  13. blakenaustin

    Obama is on a $100 million family vacation in Africa. Kerry is on a yacht. These men belong in a federal prison for many reasons, one of which is defrauding the American people of hard earned tax dollars.

    July 5, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  14. ricke1449

    More corruption, more arrogance, more laziness.

    July 5, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  15. CatLover

    @John ... was it 'lying' or was it simple bumbling incompetence? If it was lying, how do you know? I will agree that whatever it was, it makes them look like .. incompetent bumblers. But the article is written more along the lines of how shocked we should be that some blueblood liberal was lounging about his yacht when Morsi was being given the heave-ho. Fox is pretty good at keeping the right ... and especially the far, far right .. in a perpetual state of brainless outrage with half-truths and innuendo. In fact they are almost as good at it as NBC is at keeping the left, and especially the far, far left, in a state of perpetual outrage with half-truths and innuendo. I thought Jake was better than this. Perhaps I was wrong.

    July 5, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  16. Frank

    The weather here in mass is HOT.. 95 degrees the last 2 days, and supposed to be even hotter tomorrow. If I had a yacht, I'd be on it too.

    July 5, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  17. Bill Peterson

    This is going to bring everything down. Government. Planes. My buzz. I better get my shovel and start digging that bunker the tinfoil hat society warned me about. This will be like Y2K plus 9/11 times 1,000.

    July 5, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  18. John

    That's the yacht that he moved to a different marina to avoid paying taxes on it. Right?

    July 5, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  19. Guest

    You can't make up this stuff. The circus is in charge of Washington.

    July 5, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  20. Truth

    This piece of traitorous garbage parading around like he knows what he is doing...Wait, that sound like his boss also, wow.

    July 5, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  21. Scott

    We are ruled by the wealthy classes, so I'm not surprised at this news. It could just have easily been W. on one of his many vacation days during the Bush presidency. If our politicians waited for a day when there would be no global breaking news to take a break, they would work 24/7/365 nonstop.

    July 5, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  22. Michael

    I'm a true blue Democrat but i've lost all respect for CNN. Is this really worth reporting? What's the purpose of this story? We act as if in today's society no work can get done unless we're in the "Official Space" of work. This isn't a story. If anything, no one was Lying about where he was because there is no reason to cover up his Yacht adventure. The story should've been "Chaotic Communication in the Administration". That would've gotten more hits, "Which is what i'm sure you're more concerned with these days", than the Secretary of State being on a Yacht. Stop trying to stir the pot and pick your battles better. Need some help? Contact me. I'll help you for free. Right now you need all the help you can get because your regulars aren't so regular to the site anymore.

    July 5, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  23. Todd K

    What's wrong with people here? The issue isn't that he was on vacation during the coup. Nobody cares about Richie Rich's vacations. The issue is that the State Department issued a statement that it knew or should have known was a bold faced lie. Unfortunately, this administration has had to deal with a number of these missteps/untruths. Makes you wonder.

    July 5, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  24. John

    CatLover, call it what you will but it is time after time that this administration is back tracking and giving poor information or flat out lying then act as if well no big deal. It is a big deal if our so called leaders are incompetent or if they are lying either way it reflects poorly on them as representatives of the people and it clearly causes even less trust in anything they say or do.

    July 5, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  25. a disgrace

    he is doing a lot more than the disgrace obama!

    July 5, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
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