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Pompeo says Kerry is actively undermining U.S. policy on Iran
Secretary of state Mike Pompeo, says his predecessor, John Kerry is waiting for the advice of European and Iranian diplomats to save the Trump administration, the Iran nuclear deal; Rich Edson reports from the State Department.
Secretary of state Mike Pompeo predecessor, John Kerry blasted on Friday for “actively undermining” the United States by holding meetings with Iranian officials, although he stopped short of endorsing President Trump is of the view that the meetings were illegal.
“You can’t find a precedent for in the history of the United States, and the Secretary Kerry should not to engage in the kind of behavior,” Pompeo said in a press conference at the State Department. “It is inconsistent with what the foreign policy of the United States, as directed by this President, and it is not inappropriate for him to deal with.”
Reports on Kerry’s meeting with Iranian foreign Minister Javad Zarif first emerged in may, and considerable criticism — even from Trump. The Boston Globe first reported on Kerry’s talks, describing them as an “aggressive, but secretly do” in order to negotiate the US-part of the 2015-Iran nuclear deal, Kerry helped.
Trump would still move the United States out of business and back sanctions against Iran in the last month. The United States is expected to Reim pose sanctions against the Islamic regime of oil exports in November.
But it seems that comments made by Kerry while promoting his new memoir, “have sparked Every Extra day of” the wrath of the administration.
JOHN KERRY SLAMMED FOR ‘SHAMEFUL’ SHADOW DIPLOMACY AFTER THE ADMISSION MEETING WITH IRAN
During an appearance on Hugh’s Hewitt ‘ radio show on Wednesday, Kerry confirms meeting with Iranian foreign Minister Javad Zarif “three or four times” since leaving office, to admit, to discuss the scrapped nuclear deal and other issues.
“What I’ve tried to elicit from him what Iran might do to be ready to change the dynamics in the Middle East for the better,” Kerry said.
Later Wednesday during an appearance on Fox News’ “The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino,” Kerry does not Trump deny, to wait for the proposal, he says, the Iranians, until there is a Democratic President again.
“I think everyone in the world speaks of the waiting period, President Trump,” said Kerry, who ran unsuccessfully for President in 2004 and who has not ruled out 2020 bid. The remark triggered a violent reaction from Trump, a burning tweet on Thursday.
“John Kerry had illegal meetings with the very aggressive Iranian Regime, can only serve, to offer our great work to the detriment of the American people. He told them, to wait the Trump Administration! He was registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act? BAD!” he tweeted.
Kerry responded by a reference to the confession from the former trump-campaign-Chairman, Paul Manafort, and by his book.
“Mr. President, you should take more concerned with Paul Manafort by Robert Müller as me to meet with Iran’s FM. But if you want to learn something about the nuclear agreement that the world is buying safer, my new book, Every day Is Extra,” he tweeted.
Mr President, you should take more concerned with Paul Manafort by Robert Müller as me to meet with Iran’s FM. If you but something want to learn about the nuclear agreement that the world is safer, buy my new book, Every day Is Extra: https://t.co/DKjc33Kvvu https://t.co/cesltkt0zW
— John Kerry (@John Kerry) September 14, 2018
But Pompeo was with trump-criticism on Friday, telling reporters that Kerry’s behavior was “inappropriate and unprecedented.”
“This is a former Secretary of state concerned with the largest state sponsor of terror,” he said. However, if the meetings were illegal, he said he would let “the statutory provisions for others.”
“Actively undermines the policy of the United States is, as former Secretary of state literally unheard of,” he said.
Pompeo criticizes Obama’s energy Secretary, Ernest Moniz, and ex-Iran-deal-negotiator, Wendy Sherman, to join Kerry at a meeting with Zarif and other Iranian officials earlier this year at a security conference in Munich.
“I was not at the meeting, but I’m relatively sure that he was there in support of US policy with respect to the Islamic Republic of Iran,” said Pompeo. Sherman said later on Friday that you will not be with Kerry, Moniz, if you met Zarif.
In response, a spokesman for Kerry said, that “no secrets were kept from this administration.”
“Secretary Kerry will remain in contact with his former colleagues around the world as well as all of the previous Secretary of state, and in a long phone conversation with Secretary Pompeo earlier this year, he went into detail about what he had learned about the Iranian point of view,” spokesman Matt Summers said.
Kerry Summers said, was the only advocate, what is “quite in line with US policy at the time.”
“There is nothing unusual, let alone improper or inappropriate about former diplomats meeting with foreign colleagues. Secretary Kissinger has done it for decades, with Russia and China. What is unseemly, and unprecedented, is to be used for the podium of the state Department, for political theatrics,” he said.
Fox News’ rich Edson, Alex Pappas and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Adam Shaw is a reporter covering the American and European politics for Fox News.. He can be reached.