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. meki60

    Kerry is garbage, boy name the crew, Obama, Reid, Pelosi, Holder, Palitano(sp), Clinton

    July 6, 2013 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  2. Dr Tom

    His staff should know where he is. It was stupid to lie about it whether that was intentional or not. However, it is no big deal. Lying about the SoS relaxing on his boat (which is legal activity) is not equivalent to lying about a burglary of your political opponents headquarters with the intent to effect the nationial

    July 6, 2013 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  3. Jarhead

    This story is completely... Useless. This isn't news! This is stupid.

    July 6, 2013 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  4. Common sense grandma

    If only he would set his hair on fire and run in circles - that would certainly solve the crisis in Egypt. And he should do that every time there is a problem anywhere in the world so he could avoid criticism. It must be tiring to live up to the high standards the fickle public demands.

    July 6, 2013 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  5. Frank M.

    BFD! Not newsworthy...

    July 6, 2013 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  6. NameJoseph

    It's all right.
    He's a liberal Democrat.
    They can do no wrong.

    Besides, the nation's better off when he's not on the job.

    July 6, 2013 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  7. Jack

    Where were the 435 members of the house and 100 senators on Wednesday while a coup was underway in Egypt?

    July 6, 2013 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  8. Ms. Vicki

    Rome is burning and Kerry is definitely out of touch. And, he had to marry someone who got someone eles's money for making ketchup. Kerry is not giving Senator McCain a run for his money to see who can be most out of touch with the American people and people in general.

    July 6, 2013 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  9. Heckerp

    The left just don't get it or they choose to ignore the fact that this administration continuously lies about everything. I agree, who cares about him being on his boat. The truth is the democrats were embarrassed and felt the need to tell yet another lie. Doesn't being truthful matter anymore to the left.

    July 6, 2013 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  10. Ms. Vicki

    Rome is burning and Kerry is definitely out of touch. And, he had to marry someone who got someone eles's money for making ketchup to do it. Kerry is giving Senator McCain a run for his money to see who can be most out of touch with the American people and people in general.

    July 6, 2013 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  11. Jimmy Vick

    I am not a Libtard... it is the FOURTH OF JULY, screw Egypt a few days and have a good time for real... About the only reason to not celebrate the fourth a nuclear attack.

    July 6, 2013 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  12. jamessavik

    Typical of this administration: asleep at the switch.

    July 6, 2013 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  13. bah wheet

    In other news North Korea has a pizza joint. The president, joint chiefs chose not to meet or even comment on these developments, or the rumors the cheese is made of hobbit tears.

    July 6, 2013 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  14. Lizard Lance

    We'd do well to keep our nose out of another country's business, so keep on yachting John Kerry!

    July 6, 2013 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  15. mrl

    That kerry was playing rather than working during a major issue the sec of state should be focused on is NOT news... The state department LYING about it IS the big news. And they want us to believe them about Benghazi...??!!! bwwwaaaa haaa haaa haaa haa

    July 6, 2013 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  16. simplyput

    Leave Kerry alone. Do you really think Obama listens to anyone but himself? He almost ran Hillary to death. No one stays with the administration for long, or haven't you noticed? Unless it's the Chicago harem he brought with him, of course.

    July 6, 2013 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  17. For Real?

    Look, Kerry is a good ol' boy company man Democrat and I can't stand the man. But....so freakin' what if he was on a yacht! Maybe he was hiding. Maybe he was embarrassed at how hard it was for Obama to call this what it is – a coup. Maybe he didn't care. The U.S. shouldn't be giving Egypt 1.5 billion annually in aide anyways, much less F-16s and tanks. (Hello Obama, they got used to support a coup....great call!) Let the guy (Kerry) relax once in a while. Look who his boss is! I'm sure he can answer phones and dictate responses from a yacht. What a stupid article!

    July 6, 2013 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  18. Four One

    And this is supposed to shock people? The only surprising thing about this article is that CNN seems to find this behaviour newsworthy. It's what politicians/elite do. When things go to sh$% for others, you can always find these overpaid paperweights lounging and spending gross sums of money.....it's reality.

    July 6, 2013 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  19. Valley Forge

    Sure, why shouldn't our Secretary of State who is wealthy by dint of his wife's inheritance spend the day BEFORE a holiday on his personal 76 foot yacht. That's what I would do if, you know, I didn't have to work on a Wednesday and had a half billion dollars. Oh, unless of course I was Secretary of State and knew that our biggest "ally" in the Arab world had been in the middle of a revolution for several days. Then I probably would've stayed at the office and read fishing catalogues until it was over, so I wouldn't embarrass my boss.

    But John never had an actual job before. He's already planning some parasailing for the next foreign crisis that starts to brew.

    July 6, 2013 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  20. Michael Benjamin

    The real question – where was Teresa?

    July 6, 2013 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  21. TruthandConsequence

    For the Bozos out there....the big question is not so much where Kerry was while the virtually pre-announced coup was transpiring, but again why the State Department either did not know where their boss was at or why they cannot get their stories straight. For all we know, in the arcane world of diplomacy, Kerry saw "benefit" in a leisurely approach to the overthrow of Egypt's "democratically" elected President...a show of indifference, perhaps. I dunno, did it work?

    July 6, 2013 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  22. Paul Vondra

    CONservatives are trying to make this an issue? What a bunch of crazed, nit-picking nags!

    July 6, 2013 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  23. pat

    More & more lies from Billary's State Dept. I saw Candy Crowley carrying all their water today...ha ha ha!

    July 6, 2013 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  24. Andy H.

    The guy works a job all most as hard as president, i'm sure he's allowed to have a day or 2 off.

    July 6, 2013 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  25. Andrew

    Gasp! You would think it was summer or something.

    July 6, 2013 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
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