U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley criticized former Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday for participating in ongoing talks with Iran behind the Trump administration’s back.
“What Secretary Kerry did was not only disrespectful, it was hurtful to America,” Haley said on “Fox and Friends.”
“When we are sitting there trying to get Iran to come to the table in a way that they understand the ballistic missile testing has to stop, the support of terrorism has to stop, they have to quit selling arms to the Houthis … to have another American say ‘don’t worry about it’, that absolutely is anti-American,” Haley continued. “It was hurtful to the American people.”
The former secretary of state admitted to conducting shadow diplomacy meetings with Iran’s foreign minister in an attempt to discuss paths around President Donald Trump’s policy.
Kerry has defended himself, contending that another former secretary of state, Henry Kissinger, also continues to conduct meetings with foreign leaders.
“[Kissinger] never goes out of the country without telling our administration,” Haley replied. “He works with us and tells us what he’s doing all the time. Secretary Kerry – we didn’t know that conversation happened, we didn’t know what he was doing.”