With little going on in the world, Secretary of State Kerry spends some time on his yachtIt was really a quiet day on the international front on Wednesday, wasn't it? Time for US Secretary of State John FN Kerry to spend some time contemplating his navel on his yacht.
Secretary Kerry was aboard his yacht, the "Isabel" this afternoon pic.twitter.com/R6v1UDFNGuOinounou is a producer for CBS This Morning.
— Mosheh Oinounou (@Mosheh) July 3, 2013
The State Department denied the story.
CBS News’ Boston affiliate says the Department of State says the report from CBS This Morning senior producer Mosheh Oinounou is completely made up:
Kerry spokesperson Jen Psaki denied the report.
“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 in a statement.
Kerry was absent from a White House photo showing President Obama meeting with members of his national security team to discuss the situation in Egypt, but Psaki said he had dialed in on a secure phone line for that meeting.
Not only did Oinounou not remove his tweet - he stuck with the story.“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.”As of 10:21 p.m. ET, Oinounou has not run a retraction and has not removed his tweet.
For the record, the fact he was working on Egypt issues all day and also happens to be in Nantucket are not mutually exclusive.
— Mosheh Oinounou (@Mosheh) July 4, 2013
Twitchy then pointed to this tweet from Nantucket-based reporter Jason Graziadei, including video of Kerry's motorcade getting stuck in Nantucket traffic.
Secretary of State John Kerry's motorcade gets stuck in #Nantucket rotary traffic. #awkward https://t.co/ZEOlDHo39YAnd how did Graziadei know it was Kerry? So glad you asked.
— Jason Graziadei (@JasonGraziadei) July 3, 2013
@jeneps @blakehounshell motorcade was larger than what the video showed due to traffic. State cop at the rotary told me it was KerryMaybe we should call this Kerry's Susan Rice moment?
— Jason Graziadei (@JasonGraziadei) July 4, 2013