Trump, Pompeo lash ex-Secretary of State Kerry for Iran meetings

Postado Setembro 15, 2018

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday castigated one of his predecessors, John Kerry, for meeting privately with Iranian officials to salvage the Iran nuclear deal.

Former Secretary of State John Kerry admits to meeting with Iranian officials; reaction and analysis from the "Special Report" All-Stars. And according to him, right, you don't have to take my word for it, he - these are his answers, he was talking to them.

Later in the day, Kerry was asked by Fox News' Dana Perino if he told the Iranians to simply hold out until 2020, when Trump could be voted out of office.

"You can't find precedent for this in US history". "He's the first president that I know of who spends more time reading his Twitter "likes" than his briefing books and the Constitution of the United States".

Former secretary of state John F. Kerry speaks during a Commonwealth Club of California event in San Francisco this month.

The spokesperson cited Henry Kissinger, who served as secretary of state under Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, as having met "for decades with Russian Federation and China".

The tweet was an apparent reference to Kerry admitting on Hugh Hewitt's radio show on Wednesday to meeting with Iranian officials, specifically Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, "three or four times" at gatherings of world leaders, such as the World Economic Forum.

The law Trump invoked - the Foreign Agents Registration Act - requires registration and transparency by people or companies acting on behalf of foreign governments, political parties or individuals.

Kerry also said that he thought Trump should have stayed in the Iran deal, arguing that under the deal "you have China, Russia, these other countries with you in the effort to leverage this different behavior from Iran rather than unilaterally pulling out and isolating yourself and making it much more hard to sit down with any Iranian".

"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", Trump tweeted late Thursday.

As of this writing, Kerry, who is now promoting his new book "Every Day is Extra", has not responded to Trump's or Pompeo's broadsides.

Trump withdrew the United States from a nuclear deal that Kerry clinched in 2015 between Iran and six world powers.

"I am confident that they met with their troika [Iranian] counterparts", he said.

"Mr. President, you should be more anxious about Paul Manafort meeting with Robert Mueller than me meeting with Iran's FM", Kerry said on Twitter shortly after Pompeo's remarks, referring to Trump's former campaign chairman who on Friday agreed to cooperate with federal investigators into Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election. Met Zarif again in NY in April. "What I have done is tried to elicit from him (Zarif) what Iran might be willing to do in order to change the dynamic in the Middle East for the better".