July 5th, 2013
01:15 PM ET
9 years 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.

Filed under: Egypt • John Kerry • State Department
soundoff (707 Responses)
  1. Data Driven

    Tapper, please. Take the rest of the day off, like I'm about to. There's nothing going on today.

    July 5, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  2. Tony in Maine

    We can assume that the breathless reporter who spewed this scoop is unaware that yachts that size have radios, that cell phones work fine in Nantucket Sound and that Democrats do not work for the Koch Brothers 120 hours a week without breaks.

    Other than that – Kerry was on Isabel and the spokesperson was wrong. Video loop begins at noon.

    July 5, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. timvervba

    This type of gotcha game by the news media is boring, and the knee jerk denials by the administration are not productive. Sometimes the press secretaries need to exercise the best response ever invented – "No comment."

    July 5, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  4. Yanni

    God journalism is screaming from its death bed

    July 5, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  5. don in albuquerque

    I don't care if he was sipping suds on Saturn. Lets keep our nose out of it for a change.

    July 5, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. Tony in Maine

    You forgot to mention – or maybe it will be the subject of a 3 hour special tonight – President Obama left his work station to use the toilet not once, but twice, that workday. Shocking!

    July 5, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  7. pablo4200

    Has there ever been a time when Jen Psaki wasn't lying?

    July 5, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  8. tiscali.it

    really this is news??

    July 5, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  9. Steveo

    I don't have a problem with the man on his yacht. I just thought the left had great disdain for 1%ers and only 1%ers own yachts.

    July 5, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  10. Joe

    They are so quick to lie

    July 5, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  11. Realist

    The most transparent administration in history. Yeah. Right.

    July 5, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  12. Borderless

    This administration's MO seems to be lie until you get caught, then issue a "correction". By the way, nice job staying on top of things, Kerry. I guess no one saw that coming maybe? Obama is an excellent mentor.

    July 5, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  13. Pete

    Yah and congress just walks out for vacation on a farm bill months ago with farmers looking for help and just recently on students that needed their interest rates to stay at present levels instead of exploding like republicans originally wanted too..Remember too republicans it was Romneys comment on going up and asking for 20 gran from your parents for college tuition like it was chump change right!!And what about Kerry taking time off on the day of Egypts day of supposid coups ,it wasn't a coup people so what's the big deal,get over it..Hey is Issa going to go after Kerry on this too you suppose!!

    July 5, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  14. Roscoe

    This is why we didn't elect him president. And as far as vacation goes, the whole damn administration is on one.

    July 5, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  15. rs

    You know, maybe, just maybe, what happens in Egypt isn't our problem. It wasn't like Kerry was unavailble if anyone needed something.

    July 5, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  16. Ann Terhune

    Why people have to constantly tear down everyone for every little thing. So wat if he was on hs yacht and kayaking. The world is constantly in crisis and he can work on it from a distance. He will be there if the president needs him to be.

    July 5, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  17. Clay Couch

    Hahaha....typical of those lovely "caring" liberal dems.

    July 5, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  18. steve

    so another lie, another false statement by our DOS and this admin. Why cant someone both parties just tell us the american people the truth that you people have no clue as to what you are doing

    July 5, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  19. billfit

    I always thought that the Republicans were the only rich politicians, and that the Democrats were all kind and generous paupers who gave their salaries to charity. Hmmm...go figure.

    July 5, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  20. IndFL

    Doesn't matter where he's at as long as the NSA has him connected. Nuff said.

    July 5, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  21. John Peters

    Why on earth is this news? Its the week of July 4th, what difference does it make if Kerry was on his boat or in stall number 2 at the State Department?? Its Egypt, I doubt Kerry could have stopped the Citizens from uprising in the streets.

    July 5, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  22. us_1776

    And why is this even news?

    I mean the man has a secure smartphone and is fully aware of every detail.

    Does someone expect him to singlehandedly go fix Egypt?


    July 5, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  23. Bob

    Even ketchup boy needs the 4th off. I hope his cell phone was waterproof.

    July 5, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  24. Really

    Was he seen playing air guitar, eating birthday cake, and reading My Pet Goat?

    July 5, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  25. mikeretired

    Or you could be in a class room reading a book to the children with no response and continue reading while the towers go down.

    July 5, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
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