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. ronnie

    I love how all the libs think its no big deal....stinking hypocrites

    July 5, 2013 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  2. Fred Flintstone

    Why are liberals so dumb?

    July 5, 2013 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  3. Tari Torch Sweeney

    Who cares? He works hard. Why can't he have a day or two off? Since when does he have to be in DC to monitor foreign affairs?

    July 5, 2013 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  4. CaesarXIII

    I wish I could take as many vacations as a politician does. Oh wait, I forgot I actually have a job and work for a living.

    July 5, 2013 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  5. morsekeely

    Kerry on a yacht during Obama's Egypt talks isn't a huge problem, but why did Obama's administration have to lie about his location? I am sick of all the lies...vote all the bums out in both parties.

    July 5, 2013 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  6. Bob

    I don't care what he does in his spare time, because all of the Obama cabinet is spare. Egypt may be on the other side of the world, but they are in possession of some very high tech American made weapons, and it would be nice if he was keeping on top of those.

    July 5, 2013 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  7. Doug renegar

    As usual, the cover up is worse than the event. People speaking on behalf of the administration should learn to speak the truth...the first time.

    July 5, 2013 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  8. Complete ignorance

    Who gives a rats where he was while some country on the other side of the world, that's been in turmoil for weeks suddenly oust their leader? Was he or anyone outside of Egypt supposed to be losing sleep?

    July 5, 2013 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  9. Gov. Sanford

    These allegations are ridiculous. The Secretary was with me, hiking in the Appalachian mountains at the time.

    July 5, 2013 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  10. ISeeWhatYouDidThere

    So that rich elitist democrat was on a boat during a crisis in another country, and the republicans nominated a guy with a car port so huge it has an elevator as their best best for president. you've all been drinking from a sewer pipe narrated by fake news.

    July 5, 2013 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  11. binag

    you can minimize this any way you want but the dems are again caught in another blatant lie. for them lying is really no big deal since the liar in chief is in the white house.

    July 5, 2013 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  12. Charles van Heck

    It's the lie, not the location that matters. Besides, it's not his boat. All he could afford would be a skiff with a 35hp Johnson. Like everything else he has ever had, it was bought with his wife's money.

    July 5, 2013 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  13. TurtleClaw

    It's funny how all the liberals don't think it's a big deal. They would totally be outraged if it were a Republican Secretary of State and pointing to this elitist lifestyle. Since he's a Democrat, then it's fine since he probably earned his vacation. I wonder what Michael Moore thinks and what all the people who criticized Bush's response to Katrina think about this Boston Brahmin.

    July 5, 2013 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  14. Jim

    Another Obama minion tells a lie..........maybe the news story should be when one of them tells the truth!!

    July 5, 2013 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  15. HWB

    It is not that Kerry was on his boat. It was that his staff lied about it. It is so Hillary. I thought we were over that?

    July 5, 2013 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  16. KG

    So our Secretary of State is out sailing on July 3rd when the entire world knows the Egyptian military is has set an ultimatum for their conservative Islamic president to step down or they will forcibly remove him from office. This is a big deal because it qualifies as a major international crisis. One in which our nation has a vested interest as Egypt is one of three nations in the Middle East that anchors our foreign policy there. The other two being Saudi Arabia and Israel. I'm happy to see the Democrat backers here making excuses for Kerry. It just confirms how out of touch with reality they all are. Keep playing your fiddles while our nation burns.

    July 5, 2013 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  17. KG

    And by the way. Most of the taxpayers were working while Kerry was on his yacht. It's part of the job to be there when there is a crisis and Kerry dropped the ball. We still don't know what the U.S. stance on Egypt is, likely because Obama and Kerry don't know what to do.

    July 5, 2013 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  18. Truthmerchant

    So why does he need a vacation from a vacation? I mean it's not as if he's really accomplishing something at State.

    July 5, 2013 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  19. Glenn

    Has Hanoi John paid his boat tax yet, or is he still dodging them?

    July 5, 2013 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  20. TheChad

    Why shouldn't he enjoy his vacation. The leaders of our federal gov't seem to have been on their own mental vacation for the past 13 years or so.

    July 5, 2013 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  21. Veritas

    When people will lie about stuff like this they will of course lie about important stuff, too. What have we gotten America into by giving power to this bunch of liars?

    July 5, 2013 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  22. nuclear mike

    Now you know why our folks died in Bengasi ... the White HOuse & their Cabinet are disfunctional ...

    July 5, 2013 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  23. Yubin Yakinov

    Where were these snot-nosed twits on December 2, 1968. Kerry was getting shot in Vietnam. Of course, you can choose to believe those transparent swiftboat stories.

    July 5, 2013 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  24. panama mike

    Would you rather your sec of state was down in the streets of Cairo? Personally I'd take the yacht.

    July 5, 2013 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  25. Kiley

    The problem is he thinks he deserves a vacation because he worked a few weeks; I havent had a vacation since I PCS's to my new base in Nov 10 but have to take a pay cut and my insurance is threatened! Chew on that, do it, then comment. See your post in a few years!

    July 5, 2013 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
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