Last week, we learned that John Kerry was in fact on his yacht during the height of the military coup in Egypt, despite the State Department’s initial claims that he was in Washington D.C. The State Department emphatically denied any claims that the Secretary of State was on vacation, until photos surfaced of Kerry on his boat in Nantucket.
“Did he leave his boat,” Glenn asked on radio this morning. “He apparently was definitely, according to the State Department, definitely not on his boat, until there was pictures of him on his boat.
On July 3, CBS This Morning senior producer Mosheh Oinounou tweeted this picture of Kerry’s boat, with the caption, “Secretary Kerry was aboard his yacht, the ‘Isabel’ this afternoon”:
After the tweet began to gain attention, the State Department issued this response:
Since his plane touched down in Washington at 4 a.m., Secretary Kerry was working all day and on the phone dealing with the crisis in Egypt.
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. Any report or tweet that he was on a boat is completely inaccurate.
Unfortunately, the denial didn’t hold up very long. On July 5, TheBlaze reported:
As millions of Egyptians rose up to depose the Muslim Brotherhood-backed Mohamed Morsi, Secretary of State John Kerry was on his private yacht, the State Department finally admitted Friday.
Yes, after vigorously denying reports that Kerry was on his private yacht during the uprising Wednesday, the State Department has issued a somewhat sheepish retraction.
“While he was briefly on his boat on Wednesday, Secretary Kerry worked around the clock all day including participating in the president’s meeting with his national security council,” spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.
“By the way, this is your federal government,” Glenn said. “This is your federal government answering to you. When the press says, ‘Where is John Kerry, is he on his boat, our secretary of state, is he on his boat while the Egyptian uprising is going on?’ Instead of telling you the truth, they say, ‘No, he's definitely not on his boat. That's an outrage to even ask that.’ Okay, so he's definitely not on his boat until the pictures actually show up, and then, ‘Okay, he was on his boat.’”
It is important to remember that this is the same State Department that in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on Benghazi consistently made excuses for then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and propagated less than truthful information about the events leading up to and surrounding the attacks.
“But how many lies do we have to put up with,” Pat asked. “This administration has zero credibility with the American people. None. So how can you believe anything they say?”