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. Polopoint

    More lies from the government.
    "It must be true, we issued a press release, did we not?"

    July 6, 2013 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  2. BigDrop

    Now, imagine if Mitt Romney where SoS and was on the Yacht. I am SOOOOOOO sure you Dems would be saying, "Hey, what's the big deal, leave the guy alone".

    July 6, 2013 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  3. Going

    More incompetence from the Barry bunch. And to read these idiots defending laziness and blaming Bush is pathetic but predictable.

    July 6, 2013 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  4. Richard

    Wow... you LIBs just don't get it. He is the Secretary of State. Guess What,, SURPRISE... there are actually Americans and Embassy staff over in Egypt, the country has a potential civil war, and this guy is getting a tan on his boat that he refused to pay taxes on by moving to another harbor in another state, even though he is RICH. This is exactly how the 4 Americans were killed in Benghazi. This nuts don't have a clue about the world or diplomacy.

    July 6, 2013 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  5. norker

    Another few days, and the Government will announce that, in the name of national security, it will be illegal and treasonous to reveal the location of the Secretary of State or any other critical government person at any time.

    July 6, 2013 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  6. TruthwillPrevail

    KERRY on his YACHT.....really??? are we that surprised???...this LIBERAL WACKO could careless about AMERICA.......

    July 6, 2013 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  7. CS

    Some people CANNOT take a holiday whenever they choose. We need police, doctors, military, and key government officials to be on duty when required.

    I don't know what's worse. Kerry taking the day off during a crisis in a KEY middle east country or posters defending him out of blissful ignorance.

    July 6, 2013 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  8. HJC

    "I am in charge". Al Haig
    "I'll drive her home" Ted Kennedy
    Now those are a lot worse than being on your yacht during a revolution.
    We do hope you have learned your lesson though John

    July 6, 2013 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  9. Jeffro B Kirkus

    John Kerry works his butt off and deserves a vacation

    July 6, 2013 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  10. jim atmad

    I hear they give these guys telephones and everything, now.

    Not sure what we're supposed to be doing about an Egyptian coup (or whatever) anyway. We stick our noses in too many things the way it is.

    July 6, 2013 02:37 am at 2:37 am |
  11. true

    ...at least he wasn't 'hiking the Appalachian Trail'!!!

    July 6, 2013 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  12. kols

    Someone is trying to make a mountain out of a mole hill.

    July 6, 2013 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
  13. retiredprosecutor

    Of course the Secretary of State has the right to relax on the Fourth on his yacht. But for the State Department to so easily lie about his whereabouts to the American people? Not so comforting, particularly when it is clear they told us multiple material lies about what happened last year in Benghazi.

    July 6, 2013 02:55 am at 2:55 am |
  14. Steve

    Obama Sleeping during Benghazi.
    Hillary yelling "what difference does it make" when talking about 4 Americans being killed.
    Kerry on a yacht while one of our allies has a coupe.

    Mediocrity in the civilian populace has spread to the government.

    July 6, 2013 02:56 am at 2:56 am |
  15. peoples choice

    The right wing nuts will try and make something out of nothing regardless of what Kerry does or says. What the hell is wrong with a person enjoying the fourth of July on his private boat?

    July 6, 2013 02:57 am at 2:57 am |
  16. AnthroGirl

    This just in:

    Kerry also had a bathroom break during the crisis in Egypt. I demand his resignation! He should have been there, like every other repub, with his boots on the ground as his country celebrated its independence (as they do every year despite what's going on around the world)....

    I, now, also demand we cancel Independence Day to ensure such laziness is prevented in the future.

    July 6, 2013 03:15 am at 3:15 am |
  17. Suemac in WA

    What most fail to realize is that the State Dept's first responsibility is to protect Americans overseas from harm. Hundreds, if not thousands of US citizens are in Egypt and the Secretary of State should be in place to respond to crisis and assure the safety of all Americans in Egypt. It doesn't matter that he just returned from a tiring trip or that it was a holiday – he signed up for the job and should have acted accordingly. Really bad form, Mr. Secretary.
    By the way, have you started mooring that yacht in your home state yet? You know, the one that taxes you heavily for having it? Or are you still keeping it in a adjacent state to avoid those onerous fees? Tax dodging is also bad form for a national leader.

    July 6, 2013 03:16 am at 3:16 am |
  18. Dude Rancher

    Maybe if W. and Cheney had been hanging on a yacht a ten year war, thousands of lives and trillions of dollars would have been saved. More yachts less war.

    July 6, 2013 03:17 am at 3:17 am |
  19. Bob

    He's a political appointee. Did anyone really expect him to be at the office? I mean, it's not like these guys have to show up for work everyday like the rest of us. When people are as rich as Kerry they can spend their time doing whatever they want. They don't really need a job. Why would they bother to work? Especially when the weather is nice and they have a shiny new yacht to play with.

    July 6, 2013 03:18 am at 3:18 am |
  20. pig

    Seems Kerry is always on the water when others are gettin their butts kicked. Imagine that.

    July 6, 2013 03:24 am at 3:24 am |
  21. Kman1966

    Funny stuff!:

    "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".

    This is the ABSOLUTE EPITOME of the Obama Administration! I could not have described his dishonesty any better than watching this minor incident unfold

    July 6, 2013 03:24 am at 3:24 am |
  22. William

    Those irresponsible Democrats in the White House! All cabinet members should be prohibited from leisure activities, as well as showering or visiting the restroom, while world events unfold!

    July 6, 2013 03:44 am at 3:44 am |
  23. cynthia

    Great, now we want the Obama administration to be psychic. Short memories right wing, short memory. Bush was with children at the time the hijackers were crashing into the first tower, and still there 30 minutes after a plane into the second tower. Now, no one accused of bush of being a bad president because he wasn't psychic. He was a bad president for so much more. However...he didn't even start to leave for at least 30 minutes. Now, the right wants to attack Secretary Kerry for doing what millions of other Americans where doing that day..celebrating the 4th. When I think of the huge imbalance in the amount of time bush spent on vacation and/or away from the white house for non-administration events, the very fact the right can even start to uncurl their fingers to point and accuse is beyond all reason and logic.

    July 6, 2013 03:45 am at 3:45 am |
  24. Roz

    Double standards........party of no accusing everyone else they can think of and passing abortion restrictions so more possible Repubes can be spawned.........

    July 6, 2013 03:47 am at 3:47 am |
  25. pitzerjerry

    hope he enjoyed himself and caught up on some rest.

    July 6, 2013 03:53 am at 3:53 am |
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