(CNSNews.com) - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke out Friday about former Secretary of State John Kerry’s attempts to undermine President Donald Trump’s foreign policy with Iran, calling it “unseemly and unprecedented.”
During a press conference at the State Department, Pompeo was asked about Trump’s tweet.
“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!” Trump tweeted.
“What Secretary Kerry has done is unseemly and unprecedented. 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 him. He was telling them to wait out this administration,” Pompeo said.
“You can’t find precedent for this in U.S. history, and Secretary Kerry ought not to engage in that kind of behavior. 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,” he said.
Pompeo said he saw Kerry with former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Wendy Sherman – the lead U.S. nuclear negotiator, who negotiated the Iran deal for the Obama administration – at a security conference in Munich.
“I remember I saw him in Munich at the security conference. He was there with - if I have my facts right, because I think I saw them all with my own eyes - Secretary Moniz and Wendy Sherman - the troika, and I am confident that they met with their troika counterparts, although one can perhaps ask Secretary Kerry if my recollection with respect to that is accurate,” Pompeo said.
“I wasn’t in the meeting, but I am reasonably confident that he wasn’t there in support of U.S. policy with respect to the Islamic Republic of Iran, who this week fired Katyusha rockets toward the United States embassy in Baghdad and took action against our consulate in Basrah,” the secretary added.
When asked if what Kerry did has had an impact on his efforts to get others on board with the United States’ new policy, Pompeo said, “I think you understand what I wish is that former secretaries of state - all of them from either political party - ought not to be engaged in. Actively undermining U.S. policy as a former secretary of state is literally unheard of.”