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. badcyclist

    Wow– what an sob– boating in his own boat in the summer, a day before a national holiday. The nerve.

    Everything bad that happens in the world every day can now be laid at his feet.

    July 5, 2013 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  2. LBLA

    How quickly liberals forget the uproar they had when they heard that Condoleezza Rice was shoe shopping during Hurricane Katrina. So it's ok for a liberal democrat to relax on a day of emergency, but it's outrageous for a (mildly) conservative republican to do so. What a bunch of hypocrites.

    July 5, 2013 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  3. al

    Probably the best place for him at least he knows the ropes. He knows to hide below when it gets hot lol

    July 5, 2013 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  4. John P. Tarver

    Smoke out Kerry.

    July 5, 2013 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  5. cbp

    Come on now. Let;s get real here. He was traveling all over the Middle East and if he took a few days to relax on his boat then so be it. Exactly what could he do to change things in Egypt? We all need to realize that we do not rule the world and people will do what they will with or without our interference.

    These government officials are on duty 24 hours a day no matter where they are. What is interesting is the fact that Congress left town without doing the business necessary to keep us moving forward. They took off and no one complained and no one seemed to care. Of course, Congress has done very little for the last 5 years. The Republicans have managed to stymie everything, i believe we should put effort forth to get members to do the job we sent them to Washington to do.

    July 5, 2013 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  6. jim g

    Ah great example of "leadership".

    July 5, 2013 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  7. miss muji

    What if Bush did this ....... You Libterrds are a disgrace to the country.

    July 5, 2013 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  8. Walter

    Oh those laughable libs. Yet another incident to try and spin. You must be dizzy from all the activity.

    July 5, 2013 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  9. Loki

    swhat book was he reading

    July 5, 2013 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  10. JES, Stafford, VA

    What makes this such a big deal is that it shows the State Department's default position is to lie.

    July 5, 2013 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  11. tyler l

    Stellar – you don't think that the Secretary of State's staff knew where he was? You don't think that the Secret Service was with him, either?

    You people really don't understant thge problem? The story wasn't broke by Fox News, but CBS. It's a liberal news outlet?!? The issue, once again, is that administration lied. The truth was only admitted when photos came out.

    How can we trust the administration if they lie about trivial issues? What will they do to avoid really damaging news?

    July 5, 2013 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  12. The King

    John Kerry...on a yacht!!! Someone notify Darrell Issa, we must launch an investigation and get to the bottom of this immediately!! This is much worse than Watergate!!

    July 5, 2013 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  13. Joe M.

    I'm glad Kerry didn't let a Middle East crisis that was entirely forecasted by the fact that the military set a deadline get in the way of his boat time. I'm sorry, yacht time. What a joke this entire Administration is.

    July 5, 2013 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  14. godhelpusall

    its not the point... i personally don't care if he was on his precious yacht or not..
    Don't lie about it.
    It's the same as calling sick into work.. and getting caught playing golf.

    July 5, 2013 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  15. Goose10001

    Heck, I'm a Republican and even I am saying "SO WHAT!" In today's world anything can happen at a moments notice and can be dealt with on the fly too. I am sure that yacht has better communications than most offices anyways.

    July 5, 2013 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  16. Natch

    Don't know why anyone would be surprised by a lack of truth coming from this administration!

    July 5, 2013 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  17. Guest

    Being on his yacht is fine with me. i have no problem with any part of this story. But I would have enjoyed being with him.

    July 5, 2013 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  18. danbfas

    Yeah, it was a holiday. I could care less if he was on his yacht. However, as usual, this administration can't help but lie and distort, even if the digital world we live in can catch you in a lie in a matter of seconds. Why would his spokesperson continue to lie about the SOS's wherabouts when they can so easily be accounted for? As usual, the lie is worse than the crime.

    July 5, 2013 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    It is definitely not about where he was nor what he was doing; it is however, about the blatant lie. If this administration can lie about something so minor just think about the BIG lies they perpetuate

    July 5, 2013 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  20. Pam

    I read this, then all I could think was.. "Okay, so..?"

    July 5, 2013 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  21. Gary

    Cracks me up. This is a story because someone tried to lie about the whole thing. Tell the truth from the beginning and it is a non-story. The story is the lying by the administration, not the fact he was on a yacht.

    July 5, 2013 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  22. northerstar

    Business as usual at the WH. Just say "whatever works". Will worry about the accuracy later

    July 5, 2013 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  23. MSG Chuck

    Hey Republicons......I seem to recall that the little ferret Bush had hundreds of vacation days....more than any real President did before him

    July 5, 2013 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  24. billy

    Ever hear of a cell phones and the internet. Who cares if he was on the toilet when he talks to anyone.

    July 5, 2013 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  25. jennifer in Houston

    Blah blah blah.. so what difference does it make thatmJoh

    July 5, 2013 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
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