John Kerry fires back at White House
Former Secretary of State John Kerry slammed attacks by President Donald Trump and current Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday, saying the president "should be more worried about Paul Manafort meeting with Robert Mueller than me meeting with Iran's foreign minister."
Iran Press/America: Trump originally attacked Kerry on Thursday evening, accusing him of having "illegal meetings" with Iran . 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 Mohammad Javad Zarif, "three or four times" at gatherings of world top officials , such as the World Economic Forum reported ABCnews.
"There’s nothing unusual, let alone unseemly or inappropriate, about former diplomats meeting with foreign counterparts," Kerry's spokesperson said.
Former Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman, who was also singled out by Pompeo, tweeted the current secretary of state "tried to distract from Manafort and gain points with president by attacking me today."
Ned Price, former CIA analyst and adviser to Barack Obama on his National Security Council, was even more direct.
"Pompeo was speaking to an audience of one," Price said in a statement, referring to the president. "This was nothing more than an attempt to parrot and please his boss. We know that because Pompeo’s State Department was briefed on these discussions, which are commonplace among former diplomats, both before and after the fact."
Recently , former US secretary of state , John Kerry has claimed that he had meetings with Iranian Foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for three or four times on the sidelines of international gatherings and summits, mostly discussing the Syrian and Yemeni crises.