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. Steve

    Why does this matter? Why can't Kerry be on his boat?

    July 5, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  2. observer

    I don't think Congress works too hard either, they certainly don't have much to show for it if they do. And no, picking up a check from a lobbyist is not work.

    July 5, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  3. John

    Not even surprised, incompetence for the Barak admin is unmatched.

    July 5, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  4. Trust they tell the truth

    The story isn't so much about Kerry. The real story is that a government official flat out tells a lie when the truth would simply be that.......the truth. If the spokesperson has the authority to issue a response, they should either know or be able to quickly find out where he is. In this case......until they were proven wrong they stuck with the lie. It's not like it is Bengazhi, but it is the same mindset.

    July 5, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  5. Pete/Ark

    gee ...all the tech-savvy geeks in the world and THIS is "news" ? Even an ole guy like me has heard of SAT communication !

    July 5, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  6. Fearless Freep

    1) I took a left on Main Street.
    2) At Main street I took a left.

    Look, they are lying.
    They changed the story !!!

    Ignorant morons.

    July 5, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  7. Donna

    At least our ambassador wasn't being attacked and murdered like they were in Benghazi. Why does the picture of a totallly disengaged and incompetent administration keep coming out? They are the ones that set the middle east of fire and now they want to pretend it isn't their problem.

    July 5, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. FubarObama

    Typical obamaite.. Total hypocrite just like Obama.. Plus more lies lies lies from this administration

    July 5, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  9. Marc L from NY

    The bigger problem was not where Kerry was, but that the Administration outright lied about it. Why would they lie, and why don't people understand the simplicity of it? It could have been so simple- a reporter states that Kerry was seen on his yacht, and all the State Dept had to do was say yes he was on it. Instead they choose to attempt to lie about it. If they blatantly lie about something so minor, what else are they lying about?

    July 5, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  10. Cody Van Ryn

    Not a fan of Kerry's...but he certainly has the ability to be on a boat during this event...seriously what awful journalism, just trying to bait the tired argument of "why wasnt he on the job"

    July 5, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  11. C. Altman

    I wonder how much actual phone time was spent on discussing Eygpt compared to dealing with this little white lie.

    July 5, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  12. Jo Black

    So what? Is he supposed to have known about the coup and sat by his iPhone for days? A ridiculous article.

    July 5, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  13. MasterBlaster

    Why lie, when the truth was OK? This is Fourth of July week. Who would of held this against him, if his office would of told the truth? If lieing politicians bother you, November 2014 you will once again have a chance to vote out the Rich, Lieing Politicians out for Poor truthful ones. Will you have the courage to cross party lines? Or has POLITICAL PREJUDICE gotten a dirty grip on the American Voter?

    July 5, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  14. Dave

    John KKKerry.....the 1%.

    July 5, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  15. Pat F

    I just KNEW that the millionaire rich boy Mittens Romney would be on his yacht during a crisis. Yep, right in the middle of an international crisis involving one of our closest Mideast allies. Boy, the idle rich are just running this country! Man, if we had been smart and voted Democratic last fall, we wouldn't have this problem!!

    What – it's Kerry? Can't be – no idle rich work for Obama! Money is evil – that's what they told us. Being rich is sinful, and the richer you are, the more you've stolen. Gotta be a typo – just waiting for the correction to come through. Kerry can't be rich – he just can't be! He'd never have been the Democratic Party's nominee, let alone Secretary of State. Yep, correction coming any minute now.

    July 5, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  16. kanjaji

    What's the big deal? Our leaders in this administration and congress have been on "vacation" from the day they got into office. Nothing to see here folks – unless of course you are taking a lesson from the Egyptians on how to deal with an incompetent and corrupt government . . . Hmmmm, I wonder what our armed forces are doing next weekend?

    July 5, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  17. MIke S

    According to the White House. They admit Kerry was on his yacht, BUT he was following the developments on YouTube.

    July 5, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  18. megan

    John Kerry you better not screw your new job up. There are a lot of qualified candidates that are ready to take it from you.

    July 5, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  19. Harald

    I think politicians in general are a lazy pack. That's why they are in politics. Save income for the rest of their lives, regardless whether or not they do a decent job.

    July 5, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  20. John


    Why does this matter? Why can't Kerry be on his boat?

    He can, the issue is not telling the truth. Yes he can be reached at a moments notice and respond but it is the telling of lies that get old. Why should people not expect the truth.

    July 5, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  21. phound

    Who cares? You can be anywhere and be in touch by cell, text, internet, etc. He's not allowed to be on his boat?

    And what's he supposed to do when someone shouts "Morsi" at him? What a dumb non-story.

    July 5, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  22. proud usa

    what the govt lied to us? shock? hey media do your jobs for once and stop being lapdogs..

    July 5, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  23. Andrew D

    working hard all day and chillin on yacht 2 different things 1 story.

    July 5, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  24. jharry

    I can just hear BO. "I don't know where all my employees are." He pulls a Sgt. Schultz on everything. BO was on the back nine, heading for the 19th.

    July 5, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  25. Jane

    Considering that our Republican elected and appointed officials were all at their desks, hard at work, Wednesday, July 3, this is an outrage. Right!?!? Right!?!

    July 5, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
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