President TrumpDonald John TrumpSouth Carolina detention centers say it will not relocate inmates in mandatory evacuation zones Letitia James routs three Dems to win New York AG primary Trump slams Kerry for "illegal" meetings with Iran MORE sparked controversy after announcing he would withdraw the USA from the 2015 deal in May, despite being advised to remain in the pact.
Trump also targeted Kerry in May following a Boston Globe report about his meetings with officials involved in the Iran nuclear deal, which he helped craft while secretary of state under President Barack Obama. "It is beyond inappropriate".
"He told them to wait out the Trump Administration!" he said, ending his Tweet with the word "BAD!"
In a tweet at that time, Trump accused Kerry of "possibly illegal Shadow Diplomacy" and criticized him for having negotiated "very badly".
Others who have criticized Kerry have suggested he might have violated the Logan Act, which prohibits private citizens from negotiating on behalf of the USA government without authorization. "And we all have conversations [about] the state of affairs with the world in order to understand them".
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In a statement, his spokesman, Matt Summers, said: "There's nothing unusual, let alone unseemly or inappropriate, about former diplomats meeting with foreign counterparts". "What is unseemly and unprecedented is for the podium of the State Department to be hijacked for political theatrics", he said.
Kerry, in a radio interview with Fox News as part of a book tour, said he had met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif "three or four times" since the end of his term in January 2017.
This is a former secretary of state engaged with the world's largest state sponsor of terror ... telling them to "wait out" this administration. "You can't find precedent for this in U.S. history".
As of this writing, Kerry, who is now promoting his new book "Every Day is Extra", has not responded to Trump's or Pompeo's broadsides.
"I wasn't in the meeting, but I am reasonably confident that he was not there in support of US policy with respect to the Islamic Republic of Iran", Pompeo said. He denied discussing the nuclear issue, but said, "Every former secretary of state has meetings". "Actively undermining U.S. policy as a former secretary of state is literally unheard of".
On the day former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort agreed to cooperate with the special counsel, Kerry also got in a Manafort-Mueller jab.