Secretary of State Mike Pompeo unloaded on his predecessor last week for his “inappropriate behavior,” slamming John Kerry over reports he met with Iranian officials at least “three or four times” since leaving office.
Pompeo was taking questions from reporters at the State Department when he was asked to comment on Kerry’s recent admission he remains in contact with several of his foreign counterparts.
“What Secretary Kerry did was unseemly and unprecedented,” Pompeo told reporters. “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. He was telling them to wait out this administration.”
“You can’t find precedent for this in U.S. history, and Secretary Kerry ought not to engage in that kind of behavior,” Pompeo added. “It’s inconsistent with what the foreign policy of the United States is as directed by this president, and it is beyond inappropriate for him to be engaged in this.”
KERRY COLLUSION: Trump Slams Kerry’s ‘ILLEGAL MEETINGS’ with Iranian Officials
President Trump unloaded on former Secretary of State John Kerry this week after the senior Obama official admitted to meeting Iranian officials “three or four times” in recent months.
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.
“John Kerry had illegal meetings with the very hostile Iranian Regime, which can only serve to undercut our great work to the detriment of the American people. He told them to wait out the Trump Administration! Was he registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act? BAD!” tweeted Trump.
John Kerry had illegal meetings with the very hostile Iranian Regime, which can only serve to undercut our great work to the detriment of the American people. He told them to wait out the Trump Administration! Was he registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act? BAD!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2018
Kerry defended his actions during a recent interview, saying “all former Secretaries of State” maintain relationships with other world leaders.
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.