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. Rembrant

    Big Deal. So the Secretary of State was on his yacht enjoying his holiday while someplace on the other side of the globe is in flames. Someplace in in flames daily. If I had a yacht like that, I'd be on it myself.
    Now, I dont understand why this is a big deal, and someone had to reveal the whereabouts of the SoS. I dont understand why someone had to cover up about it either. But really, it's not a big deal.

    July 5, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  2. Guest

    the admin just got caught in another lie.

    July 5, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  3. John Diaz

    For all of you who say, "why shouldn't he be on his boat," please understand, that this fiasco has nothing to do with Kerry being on his boat, it is all about being misled and misinformed of where he actually was. It was stupid, no doubt, but so was covering up a third rate burglary in a DC Hotel. This was obviously an image positioning thing that backfired.

    July 5, 2013 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  4. Michele

    So he was on his OWN yacht, paid for by HIMSELF, on the day before a NATIONAL HOLIDAY, after having spent the previous week or so running his butt off around the globe on state business. The horror! I'm guessing this would not have even been mentioned had the yacht been anchored in Crawford? Seems only Democrats are expected to work 24/7/365.

    July 5, 2013 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  5. Steveo

    Anybody ever lie that Bush was at his ranch?

    July 5, 2013 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  6. Tewrobert

    Did anyone expect anything different from this OB regime? Liars and losers

    July 5, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  7. Stellar17

    If John Kerry wants to relax for a while on his yacht on the 4th of July, a holiday for all in the US, why shouldn't he. I doubt if his office staff know where he is every minute and given all the intl. issues going on this week, I am sure he has been on call all hours and a break will help him keep going in the long run.

    July 5, 2013 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  8. Fubarack

    Kerry Bin Lying again.

    July 5, 2013 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  9. Shawky

    First:this was not a military coup as lot of people believe and USA government is saying.The military did not throw out previous president of Egypt(Morsi) out and his terrorist group .The Military responded to the Egyptian people more than 25 millions cry.
    The Military did not appoint a new President who is an officer to replace him.
    The Military did step in to protect the people who were killed by the terrorist Islamic brotherhood people who are N0 1 terrorist in the world.
    The information that USA ambassador in Cairo passed to USA government was not true and was misleading

    July 5, 2013 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  10. Paul

    I came to this website for news. That means the information should be RELEVANT.

    July 5, 2013 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  11. Steveo


    As the SOS of the US, yes his staff needs to know where he is. His job is not 9 to 5

    July 5, 2013 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  12. Kregg

    a yacht... while the rest of us are scrambling to keep our homes from being foreclosed on while trying desperately to feed our kids... hey, at least they pushed gay marriage though, eh?

    July 5, 2013 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  13. Guest

    Being on his yacht is not the biggest problem. Lying about being on the yacht is a BIG problem.

    July 5, 2013 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  14. StanfordJDMBA

    Reporting this is as news is shameful.

    July 5, 2013 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  15. craig

    I dont blame Mr. Kerry at all
    However the knee jerk reaction from the state dept to lie about it after the IRS takes the fifth and the contrived Benghazi story there is nothing "transparent" about this administration.

    Healthcare postponed untill after the 2014 elections.LOL

    July 5, 2013 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  16. Independent

    Hate to be the odd one out... Republicans and democrats. You are both corrupt. Keep pointing fingers and keep stereotyping. Just shows only the ignorant bunch need a side.

    July 5, 2013 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  17. Dawn Kiebals

    Thank god it was his yacht and not Randy "Duke" Cunningham's yacht or a Saudi Yacht or a Koch brothers yacht. Where was he supposed to be? Playing golf?

    July 5, 2013 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  18. Al

    Don't be so quick to judge. Surely he has an office on that yacht with a computer and telephone. Let's find out exactly what he did before we criticize.

    July 5, 2013 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  19. C. J.

    I am embarrassed for my America right now with all of the lies our politicians seem to be telling. Social media is making the world more transparent but I'm scared to see what else will be uncovered during the rest of Obama's term.

    July 5, 2013 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  20. na

    ...stll don't know where Obama was the night Amb Stevens was killed...so this is just about right where Kerry was

    July 5, 2013 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  21. Bob E

    Who cares? And they lied to a REPORTER.... Stop the presses. Oh, wait, we don't have presses anymore. Stop the Twitter Tweeter. It's a holiday. We don't have news. So let's talk about who we saw on his boat, during a holiday...

    July 5, 2013 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  22. Sane Person

    I was BBQing. Believe it or not, every single member of the US doesnt need to be on the batphone with every other location worldwide, just in case something happens in that moment. I'm sure they let him know.

    July 5, 2013 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  23. This One Too

    I get that the government is a big business and the POTUS can't know every little detail (Fast and Furious, IRS, etc.) but come on man you should at least know with certainty where your SOS is during an international crisis.

    July 5, 2013 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  24. Bill Davis

    Big deal he was on his yacht on the 4th I was on mine too. We spend way o much time, money and effort I a region that's been at war with itself for thousands of years.

    July 5, 2013 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  25. Kman66

    The problem with brain-dead foolish die-hard Liberals is that even when the Obama Administration gets caught in the a lie, they just put their own blinders on.

    July 5, 2013 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
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