State Department: Kerry on yacht day of Egypt coup
Officials initially had been quick to deny report
After the emergence of photographs showing Secretary of State John Kerry on his 76-foot yacht "Isabel" on Nantucket Sound on Thursday, the State Department issued an embarrassing correction Friday morning, back-tracking and acknowledging that the Secretary was in fact on the yacht on Wednesday, the day the Egyptian military staged a coup against democratically-elected Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy.
Originally, State Department officials were quick to deny a Wednesday tweet from CBS News' Mosheh Oinounou that: "A @CBSThisMorning producer just spotted Secretary of State Kerry on yacht in the Nantucket Boat Basin. No response when she shouted 'Morsi.'"
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki issued a statement Wednesday saying "any report or tweet that he was on a boat is completely inaccurate."
"Since his plane touched down in Washington at 4 am, Secretary Kerry was working all day and on the phone dealing with the crisis in Egypt," Psaki said. "He participated in the White House meeting with the President by secure phone and was and is in non-stop contact with foreign leaders, and his senior team in Washington and Cairo."
But overnight, photographs emerged showing Kerry on "Isabel" and taking in some kayaking on Thursday.
The New York Daily News just published some of them.
On Friday morning, Psaki issued a second statement, acknowledging that Kerry was "briefly on his boat on Wednesday."
She went on to say that "Secretary Kerry worked around the clock all day including participating in the President's meeting with his national security council, and 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."
An administration official added that none of those calls happened while Kerry was on his boat.
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