Former Secretary of State John Kerry publicly admitted Wednesday he’s met with Iranian officials at least “three or four times” in recent months; raising serious concerns over whether the senior Obama official is engaging in “shadow diplomacy” behind-the-scenes.
Kerry was speaking with radio host Hugh Hewitt this week when he was asked about President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Obama administration’s signature Iranian nuclear deal.
“I think I’ve seen him three or four times,” Kerry said, referring to Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif.
Kerry’s comments come months after President Trump unloaded on the former presidential candidate over his “shadow diplomacy” aimed to derailing the Commander-in-Chief’s foreign policy.
“The United States does not need John Kerry’s possibly illegal Shadow Diplomacy on the very badly negotiated Iran Deal. He was the one that created this MESS in the first place!” tweeted Trump last May.
The United States does not need John Kerry’s possibly illegal Shadow Diplomacy on the very badly negotiated Iran Deal. He was the one that created this MESS in the first place!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 7, 2018
Read the full transcript here.
KERRY UNDER FIRE: Sarah Sanders TORCHES John Kerry for 'Shadow Diplomacy'
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called-out former Secretary of State John Kerry Monday; slamming the senior Obama aide for creating “one of the worst deals ever made.”
Sanders was speaking with reporters during her daily press briefing when she was asked to comment on Kerry’s “shadow diplomacy” regarding the failing Iranian nuclear agreement.
Sarah Sanders says John Kerry's "shadow diplomacy" doesn't affect future of Iran deal "at all" pic.twitter.com/lyt4ue4DDa
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) May 7, 2018
“John Kerry’s shadow diplomacy: How does that impact the deliberations?” asked one reporter.
“I don’t think it impacts it at all,” fired Back Sanders. “I think the President spoke about that pretty clearly and I don’t think that we would take advice from somebody who created what the President sees as one of the worst deals ever made.”
“I’m not sure why we would start listening to him now,” she added.
Watch Sarah Sanders call-out Kerry above.
KERRY’S MUTINY: John Kerry SABOTAGED Trump’s Middle East PEACE TALKS
Former Secretary of State John Kerry reportedly sabotaged President Trump’s renewed Middle East peace talks, telling Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to “stay strong” against Trump’s demands and telling the Arab leader the President would likely be removed from office within one year.
According to the Jerusalem Post, Kerry met with Palestinian Authority officials in London to discuss President Trump’s recent push to renew peace talks between Arab leaders and their Israeli counterparts.
The former Secretary of State told PA authorities to “hold on and be strong” in the face of Trump’s harsh demands, asking the officials to convey a message to Abbas saying “that he should stay strong in his spirit and play for time, that he will not break and will not yield to President [Donald] Trump’s demands.”
“Maybe it is time for the Palestinians to define their peace principles and present a positive plan,” he added.
Kerry reportedly informed Palestinian officials that Trump would likely be impeached within his first year in office.
The former Obama aide’s continued involvement in the Middle East peace process comes as speculation swirls around Kerry’s possible bid for the Democratic nomination in 2020.