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According to Wikipedia, the job of a Secretary of State is one that is “principally concerned with foreign affairs.” During a huge “foreign affair” whose development included the ousting of Egypt’s president Mohammed Morsi, Secretary of State John Kerry just happened to be blowing off a little steam on his yacht–but he was still on the clock. 

Military officials kicked Morsi out of office earlier in the week, and he is being detained under house arrest at a secret location. Morsi’s ousting came after months of protests for and against the Islamist leader’s tenure. A large crowd remains outside the republican guard headquarters demanding that Morsi be released.

CBS News reports:

As regime change was unfolding in Egypt, Secretary of State John Kerry spent time on his boat Wednesday afternoon in Nantucket Sound, the State Department acknowledged to CBS News on Friday, after repeatedly denying that Kerry was aboard any boat.

“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,” said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki, naming a series of Egyptian and international officials Kerry had spoken with on Wednesday.

Psaki’s acknowledgment marked a stark reversal from previous denials that Kerry was on any boat whatsoever. 

Also on Wednesday afternoon, the White House released a photo of the president and his national security team meeting in the situation Room. Kerry was not present in the photo, but his office said he did participate in the meeting via a secure phone line.

On Thursday night, CBS News obtained a photo of Kerry on his boat and sent it to the State Department, asking whether they still stand by their denial that Kerry was on a boat.

 The response: “Yes.”

A producer from CBS spotted Kerry on his boat in Nantucket. It wasn’t until after a photo was produced that the full clarification came. A rep reiterated that Kerry was “working all day” while he was on the boat, however  he made no phone calls from the watercraft on the day that Morsi was overthrown.


Photo: CBS