The PJ Tatler

State Dept Flips on John Kerry's Swift Boat Excursion

Secretary of State was on his Rhode Island yacht before he was off of it. Or something.

Secretary of State John Kerry was on his boat briefly on Wednesday, contrary to an earlier denial by the State Department, but was there only briefly and did not conduct official business while on board.

“While he was briefly on his boat on Wednesday, Secretary Kerry worked around the clock all day including participating in the president’s meeting with his national security council,” spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Friday. Kerry also held calls “with Norwegian Foreign Minister Eade,Qatari Foreign Minister al-Attiyah, Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu, Egyptian Constitution Party President ElBaradei and five calls Ambassador Patterson on that day alone and since then he continued to make calls to leaders including Emirati Foreign Minister bin Zayed, Prime Minister Netanyahu and Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr.”  None of the calls were made from aboard the boat.

Initially, after media reported that the SecState spent an important day doing important boating, the State Department lied and said he had never been on his yacht the day the Egyptian military ousted the Muslim Brotherhood government.

By the way, the yacht Kerry was on, that the State Department denied he was on, was the same yacht he docks in Rhode Island to avoid paying taxes in Massachusetts.