Former Secretary of State John Kerry found himself in hot water this week after he publicly admitted to having high-level meetings with Iranian officials after leaving office; prompting the Trump administration to slam his “shameful” shadow diplomacy.
Kerry was speaking with radio host Hugh Hewitt Wednesday when he claimed he’s met with his Iranian counterparts at least “three or four times” in recent months, with one White House official blasting the talks as “shameful.”
“John Kerry is out giving advice to Iran about how to maneuver around what Donald Trump is doing, it’s insidious,” said former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer. “I don’t know if it’s legal or illegal, I don’t care about that side of it. It’s wrong.”
I assume MSM & Dems who got vapors & cried “Logan Act!” when 46 senators & I released letter defending Senate’s treaty power will accuse @JohnKerry of Logan Act violation.
Kidding re Logan Act, a stupid, dead-letter law. Not kidding re hypocrisy. https://t.co/4Y41Mck6RO
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) September 12, 2018
Kerry denied the conversations were inappropriate hours later, saying “Every secretary of state, former secretary of state continues to meet with foreign leaders, goes to security conferences, goes around the world.”
“We all do that. And we all have conversations (about) the state of affairs with the world in order to understand them,” he added.