Pompeo accuses John Kerry of ‘actively undermining’ USA policy on Iran

Clay Curtis
September 15, 2018

Former Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a blistering assessment of President Donald Trump's character on Friday's broadcast of "Real Time with Bill Maher".

Kerry said such meetings are appropriate, later explaining during a television interview on Fox News that "every secretary of state, former secretary of state continues to meet with foreign leaders, goes to security conferences, goes around the world".

Pompeo contended Friday: "You can't find precedent for this in USA history".

During interviews to promote his new book, Kerry told an interviewer that he has met with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif three or four times since leaving office and that their talks touched on the global nuclear agreement, to which Iran, the EU, Russia and China still adhere.

Kerry's meetings do not appear to violate FARA, but some have suggested they could be in violation of the Logan Act, which prohibits private citizens from negotiating on behalf of the USA government without authorization, though no one has ever been successfully prosecuted under the law. Was he registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act? BAD! "What is unseemly and unprecedented is for the podium of the State Department to be hijacked for political theatrics". "Simply offering advice to a foreign government doesn't make you a foreign agent".

He has been harshly critical of the president and his decision in May to withdraw from the Iran deal but denies "coaching" Tehran.

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The Commander-in-Chief ripped Kerry's "illegal meetings" with the "hostile Iranian regime" on social media, saying the former diplomat was aiming to "undercut our great work" in cracking down on the Islamic Republic.

Following the USA pullout from the nuclear agreement in May, Iran said it was interested in keeping the deal alive, but only if the remaining powers could guarantee it would not face economic isolation under Washington's sanctions. Met Zarif again in NY in April. "John Kerry can't get over the fact that he had his chance and blew it!"

Kerry, the former MA senator who worked as the nation's top diplomat in the Obama administration, made the comments about his interactions with Iran as he promotes his new book, "Every Day Is Extra".

"I'm confident that they met with their troika counterparts", Pompeo continued. "Stay away from negotiations John, you are hurting your country!"

In a Thursday night tweet, Trump took a different view, echoing criticism from conservative pundits from recent days. "He was the one that created this MESS in the first place!" Particularly when Kerry is also blaming Trump for current tensions, insisting Iran is "prepared to negotiate and to resolve these issues".

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