Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slammed John Kerry for “undermining” the Trump administration this week; telling his predecessor to “get off the stage” and cease all communications with Iran.
“Pompeo made the comments in a Fox News Radio interview with Guy Benson on Thursday amid the increasing tensions between the U.S. and Iran, and the calls to investigate Kerry, the former secretary of state under President Obama, over the alleged violations of the Logan Act for meeting with Iranian officials,” reports Fox News.
“It is ahistorical and completely unhelpful when previous secretaries of state are continuing to engage in the tasks that they engaged in when they were the secretary of state … it’s time to get off the stage for the previous administration,” said Pompeo.
“I understand they have different views than we have, they are entitled to those views. But talking with senior leaders around the world and suggesting to them somehow that waiting out this administration is the best course of action for those countries is something that is unheard of,” he added. “It is fundamentally different than any previous administration has undertaken and they ought to leave the foreign policy to us.”
.@SecPompeo gave @guypbenson intel surrounding possible new threats from Iran. You can listen to the entire one on one interview during The #GuyBensonShow 6-8 PM ET https://t.co/uhVfsjEpSq pic.twitter.com/UJ9j6khRAo
— The Guy Benson Show (@GuyBensonShow) May 16, 2019
Kerry is facing renewed criticism after revealing the former Secretary of State continued his communications with senior Iranian officials after President Trump’s inauguration in January 2017.
President Trump weighing-in on Kerry’s ongoing meetings this week; saying the top Obama official should be “prosecuted” for violating the Logan Act.
“You know John Kerry speaks to them a lot, and John Kerry tells them not to call. That’s a violation of the Logan Act, and frankly he should be prosecuted on that,” Trump told reporters at the White House.
“But my people don’t want to do anything, only the Democrats do that kind of stuff. If it were the opposite way, they’d prosecute him under the Logan Act,” he said.