President Donald Trump is criticizing former Secretary of State John Kerry for continuing to have conversations with Iran.
Kerry helped negotiate the international deal between Iran that allowed them to produce nuclear material for energy purposes but also prevented them from using said material to produce weaponry. That deal was ended by the Trump administration, who said Iran was in violation of its provisions.
Trump on Thursday derided Kerry for continuing to talk with Iran even though he’s no longer a part of the federal government, according to reporting from Politico.
“John Kerry violated the Logan Act. He’s talking to Iran and has many meetings and many phone calls and he’s telling them what to do,” Trump alleged. “That is total violation of the Logan Act.”
Trump is asked about Iran and is off on a tangent about how John Kerry is violating the Logan Act, talking to Iran and encouraging them not to work with the US. He concludes with how much economic potential N. Korea has and how they "won't blow that."
This is next level crazy. pic.twitter.com/mvcrAJI5PZ
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) May 9, 2019
Although Kerry admits he has continued to speak with government leaders of Iran, there’s no indication that he’s violated aspects of the Logan Act, which states anyone “with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States,” according to the Washington Post.
A spokesman for Kerry, Matt Summers, said that “everything President Trump said [on Thursday] is simply wrong, end of story.”
“We’d hope the president would focus on solving foreign policy problems for America instead of attacking his predecessors for theater,” Summers added.
Charges against Kerry for violating the Logan Act aren’t new. He’s faced similar criticisms from Trump earlier this year, who suggested that Kerry was giving the nation “bad advice.”
Saudi Arabia and others in OPEC will more than make up the Oil Flow difference in our now Full Sanctions on Iranian Oil. Iran is being given VERY BAD advice by @JohnKerry and people who helped him lead the U.S. into the very bad Iran Nuclear Deal. Big violation of Logan Act?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 22, 2019
Current Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also chastised Kerry for speaking with Iran last year in September, calling his communications with Iran “inappropriate,” per reporting from CNN. But as Summers noted back then, Kerry’s actions weren’t without precedent, and he even alerted Pompeo to his plans to speak with Tehran.
“Secretary Kerry stays in touch with his former counterparts around the world just like every previous Secretary of State, and in a long phone conversation with Secretary Pompeo earlier this year, he went into great detail about what he had learned about the Iranian’s view,” Summers said at the time. “No secrets were kept from this administration.”
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