A failed presidential candidate and former Secretary of State admitted in an interview that he has gone behind the back of the Trump administration to continue to negotiate President Barack H. Obama’s disastrous nuclear deal with Iran.
“Former Secretary of State John Kerry disclosed that he has been conducting rogue diplomacy with top Iranian officials to salvage the landmark nuclear deal and push the Islamic Republic to negotiate its contested missile program, according to recent remarks,” said Wednesday report.
The report said that Kerry has met with Iranian Former Minister Javad Zarif “three or four times” in recent months without informing the Trump administration.
“What I have done is try to elicit from him [Zarif] what Iran might be willing to do to change the dynamic of the Middle East for the better,” Kerry said. “How does one resolve Yemen, what do you do to try and get peace in Syria? Those are the things that really are preoccupying him because those are the impediments to Iran’s ability to convince people its ready to embrace something different.”
Kerry seems to have conveniently forgotten that the turmoil in Syria and Yemen (not to mention Libya) was a direct result of eight years of awful interventionist foreign policy from the Obama administration, a type of policy which voters roundly rejected in 2016.
President Donald J. Trump abandoned the deal in May.
The deal forged by the Obama administration lifted economic sanctions on Iran allowing them access to $100 billion in assets frozen overseas with essentially a word-of-mouth agreement that Islamic nation would not covertly continue to build its nuclear program. The former president also transferred $1.7 billion in cash to Iran.
Four months ago, Kerry admitted to similar negotiations, raising questions of whether he violated the Logan Act, which “forbids private citizens from engaging in unauthorized correspondence with foreign governments.”
The Logan Act is the same law that Democrats cried foul over, claiming that General Michael Flynn broke the law by having contact with the Russian government during the Trump transition. Of course, it is totally normal for incoming administrations to make contact with foreign nations to establish diplomatic relations.
It is not normal for a former Secretary of State to continue to negotiate on behalf of the United States long after his tenure is up, which is exactly what Kerry is doing.
NEW: Joe Biden Bashes Incoming Trump Administration In Leaked 2016 Call to President of Ukraine
Joe Biden speaks in critical and partisan terms of the incoming Trump administration in a new leaked call to the President of Ukraine unveiled Wednesday.
In the call, conducted in November 2016 a week after then-candidate Trump’s election victory, Biden bashes the incoming administration to the foreign leader, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Biden assails the Trump transition team as incompetent, turning down the idea of visiting the country before the January transition before Trump is “fully briefed” on matters related to Ukraine.
In a second call, Biden asks for Poroshenko to describe his conversations with incoming President Trump, going to to speak of Trump in more dismissive terms. He describes Trump as a “dog who caught the car, and who doesn’t know what to do.” Not quite a “dog-faced pony soldier,” but definitely not an appropriate way for an outgoing vice president to describe an incoming president to a foreign leader.
A Ukrainian comedian originally released the calls, suggesting questionable operational security within the conversations of Joe Biden and Poroshenko. Biden has a lengthy history of ethical questions regarding his relationship with Ukraine, including looking the other way as his son Hunter secured an extremely lucrative position at a Ukrainian oil company without any experience whatsoever in the energy industry.
Biden himself would later go on to demand the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor who was investigating corruption allegations against the younger Biden, a clear conflict of interest Biden merely dismissed when he spoke openly of securing the prosecutor’s firing at a Council on Foreign Relations public event.
This is a totally inappropriate way for a Vice President to speak to a foreign leader, and the public should be concerned about how Biden plans to conduct diplomacy should he be elected President.
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