September 13, 2018
Ari, it's illegal. Believe me! Wrong, AND illegal. And this kind of thing was illegal when he indulged in it during the Viet Nam War. The fact that our government at the time didn't have the stomach to prosecute him (and Jane Fonda) is what gives him the chutzpah to think he can get away with it now.
Former Secretary of State John Kerry is being slammed for conducting shadow diplomacy with Iran after admitting to multiple meetings with Iranian officials behind the backs of Trump administration officials -- including over the scrapped nuclear deal.
An administration official on Thursday told Fox News Kerry’s meetings are "shameful," pointing out what Iranian-backed militias are doing to kill and injure people in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.
Other Republicans suggested it may not even be legal.
"John Kerry is out giving advice to Iran about how to maneuver around what Donald Trump is doing; it's insidious,” Ari Fleischer, the former White House press secretary for George W. Bush, said Wednesday on Fox News' "Special Report." "I don't know if it's legal or illegal, I don't care about that side of it. It's wrong.”
"Everybody . . . is talking about waiting out President Trump?" Yeah, John. You, Ter-RAY-zah, Cory Booker and every loathsome insect in your cocktail party circuit. This guy should be headed for an extended stay at Hotel Leavenworth -- if you ask me!
Kerry, the former Massachusetts 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.”
During an appearance on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show on Wednesday, Kerry acknowledged meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif "three or four times” since leaving office, admitting to discussing the scrapped nuclear deal and other issues.
"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.
Later Wednesday, during an appearance on Fox News’ "The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino,” Kerry did not deny the suggestion he’s telling the Iranians to wait out Trump until there is a Democratic president again.
"I think everybody in the world is talking about waiting out President Trump,” said Kerry, who ran unsuccessfully for president in 2004 and who has not ruled out a 2020 bid.
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