Last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blasted his predecessor for "actively undermining" USA policy by holding meetings with Mohammad Javad Zarif since leaving office. You can't find precedent for this in USA history and the secretary ought not engage in this kind of behavior. "This is a former Secretary of State engaged with the world's largest state sponsor of terror, and according to him-you don't have to take my word for it, these are his answers-he was talking to them". Though some lauded the comparison as "absolutely priceless" and a "mic drop" moment, many expressed disappointment in Kerry, even if they agreed with his assessment of Trump.
On the actual day of the "Real Time" taping, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took to the podium regarding Kerry's unauthorized meetings. It's inconsistent with what the foreign policy of the United States is, as directed by this president. --2:05 p.m.President Donald Trump is ramping up his criticism of outmoded Secretary of Convey John Kerry.
The "legal determinations" to which Mike Pompeo made reference in his press conference involve the Logan Act, the same law that then-acting Attorney General Sally Yates used against then-National Security Adviser designee Gen. Michael Flynn.
In a statement, his spokesman, Matt Summers, said: "There's nothing unusual, let alone unseemly or inappropriate, about former diplomats meeting with foreign counterparts".More news: Twitter to offer users option to go back to 'chronological' feed
Now, even though Trump has withdrawn from Kerry's signature achievements as top USA diplomat, the president is cranking up his criticism, accusing Kerry in a late Thursday tweet of breaking the law.
I met Zarif in Munich but not with Kerry and Moniz.
"What I have done is tried to elicit from him what Iran might be willing to do in order to change the dynamic in the Middle East for the better", Kerry said.
The US has warned of having a "fundamentally different set of rules" to deal with the countries continuing to have economic activities with Iran after its sanction against Tehran becomes fully operational on November 4.More news: Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination process reflects the bitter partisanship of the age
"What @JohnKerry has done by engaging with #Iran's regime, the world's top state sponsor of terror, is unseemly, unprecedented, and inconsistent with USA foreign policy".
Kerry is working with some of his former advisers at the State Department to influence public opinion on the deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Kerry along with other top United States officials played a key role in negotiating the 2015 agreement between Iran and several world powers that lifted sanctions against Tehran in exchange for restrictions on its nuclear programme.
Kerry responded by making a reference to the guilty plea from former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and by plugging his book.More news: Flake says he is 'not comfortable voting yes' on Kavanaugh
Lieberman, who doesn't support the Iran deal, said he wasn't sure if what Kerry was doing was illegal, but said he does find it very concerning. Maher asked the former secretary of state.