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.

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soundoff (707 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    Considering that a crisis was imminent in an allied country that we have a lot invested in, I would have expected the Secretary of State to be doing something other than lounging on the love boat

    July 5, 2013 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  2. Ron

    Kerry is and always has been worthless. Wonder if he is looking for another purple heart for slippin on his yacht

    July 5, 2013 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  3. texasjimbob

    Nothing wrong with Kerry being on his yacht for the holiday, however what is wrong is his spokesperson blatantly lying about it. Such lies seem to be common place for this administration.

    July 5, 2013 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  4. Brett

    These people can't bring themselves to tell the truth about the -simplest- things ...

    July 5, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  5. penguin

    I'm a liberal, but it's disgusting that this Administration can't even tell us the truth about where our Secretary of State was.

    July 5, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  6. Aananth

    This is what makes this country, US a great nation. Media (in this case CNN & CBS) breaks the news about Kerry in the yacht and State department lies about it. This is clearly a free nation and no control over press. This keeps all the politicians, Demo or Rep, or public officials on the toe. DO NOT lie to the people. Lie will come out now or later.
    Unfortunately, this is not true for international news. News media play games when it comes to international news. One example I cannot forget until I die is Sri Lanka. In May 2009, 300,000 (yes thousand) people were on the brink of genocide by the Sri Lankan state military forces and no one, including CNN said nothing. Half of those people are now dead and killing and destruction continues, still no major media groups show any mercy to those people. Double standard for journalism??? you, readers decide.

    July 5, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  7. really

    Kerry is welcome to enjoy his boat, but let's not lie to the American people about something that petty.

    July 5, 2013 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  8. Gango Banga

    If you own a boat, use it.

    July 5, 2013 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  9. Patrick

    Good. I thought there might be more to the story but there isn't. Who cares. I can't believe this is news.

    July 5, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  10. lloyd roberts

    It's 4th of July. Bet other secretary of states took the day off in the past from both parties and I'm sure your everyday repp/demo politician does the same. Only the most jaded liberal or tea party doomsday believes that it's only the other party. Enjoy your holiday Sec'y Kerry and all my fellow Americans

    July 5, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  11. Nick

    Hahaha. Remember when everyone lost it that he was water skiing that one time?

    July 5, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  12. Polisci

    "Hope" and "Change" indeed. What a hypocritical joke this administration is!

    July 5, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  13. JoeMa

    C'mon. Give this guy a break. He's not a slave. Some times we have to enjoy little things that make us more productive. He just went to south east asia to stop China grabbing island in the south china sea..

    July 5, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  14. Martin

    So what? He's in constant communication with the White House even when he's on his yacht or anywhere else.

    In this day and age, he can do anything from his yacht that he can do from Washington. People who don't understand this need to read up on modern technology such as mobile phones and video conferencing.

    July 5, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  15. jeffrey

    Is this any different than Bush being at his ranch most of his presidency?

    July 5, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  16. TellTheTruth

    Why the long face Kerry?

    July 5, 2013 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  17. MarcNJ

    Could it be that they didn't know he was there, so answered incorrectly? And does it really matter as much as this coverage makes it out to be?

    July 5, 2013 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  18. Steveo

    Somebody earlier told us to leave Eygpt alone and mine our own business. I have no problem with that but am just wondering are we getting a refund for those F-16s and that $1.8 billion, we send EVERY year?

    July 5, 2013 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  19. GI Joe

    So ? It's not proven which day/hour. And even if it were, W sat in Florida while the Trade Center was bombed. He was all over the place trying to hide. And THAT WAS OUR COUNTRY. Leave the conspiracy crap alone. It's sickening at this point in time.

    July 5, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  20. Lone

    Non-news, political junk food for the simple.

    July 5, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  21. hitman

    Forget about it!!!!

    July 5, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  22. Guest

    These folks will lie and lie. This admin is a joke.

    July 5, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  23. SixDegrees

    White pants – check!
    Navy blue, double-breasted blazer – check!
    Brass buttons – check!
    High-end Cuban rum – check!

    God, what a tool.

    July 5, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  24. Pat Dunn

    So he was on his boat, so does he not deserve to have a holiday too. Damn if every time the stupid idiots over there have a fight we have to bail them out. Sick of using our money for these asses.

    July 5, 2013 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  25. Fr33th1nk3r

    Wow. This is news......why again? Repubs are getting desperate and it isn't even 2016 yet....

    July 5, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
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