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Trump Hammers Kerry for Engaging in 'Shadow Diplomacy' with Iran

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President Donald Trump blasted former Secretary of State John Kerry for engaging in “possibly illegal shadow diplomacy” concerning the Iran nuclear deal.

“The United States does not need John Kerry’s possibly illegal Shadow Diplomacy on the very badly negotiated Iran Deal,” Trump tweeted Monday.

The president added, “He was the one that created this MESS in the first place!”

Trump was referencing a Friday report in the Boston Globe of Kerry meeting twice with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif to discuss ways to save the Iran nuclear agreement.

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According to the Globe, Kerry also reportedly met with French President Emmanuel Macron, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and has been on the phone with top European Union official Federica Mogherini.

Kerry helped negotiate the 2015 Iran deal in conjunction with representatives from the United Kingdom, France, Russia, China and Germany.

In exchange for relief from economic sanctions and the release of more than $150 billion in frozen financial assets, Iran agreed to curtail its nuclear weapons program for a 10-year period.

Trump has been highly critical of the agreement and has signaled that he may decide to pull the United States out of it, as a May 12 deadline to re-certify the deal approaches.

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During White House visits last month, both Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Trump to remain in the agreement.

A Kerry spokesman said the former secretary of state disputed the notion he was engaged in criminal conduct, as Trump suggested.

“Secretary Kerry stays in touch with his former counterparts around the world just like every previous secretary of state,” the spokesman said.

“Like America’s closest allies, he believes it is important that the nuclear agreement, which took the world years to negotiate, remain effective as countries focus on stability in the region,” he added.

Some, including the Wall Street Journal’s Kimberly Strassel, noted that then-acting Attorney General Sally Yates launched a criminal investigation into former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn in early 2017 based on his contact with a foreign government official during the presidential transition.

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“At least Michael Flynn was the incoming NSA, engaged in the common practice of transition officials setting up for governance. Waiting for Sally Yates to Tweet her dismay and grave concern,” Strassel tweeted.

Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton wondered if Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will be launching a criminal investigation into Kerry’s conduct.

The Washington Examiner’s Byron York argued in an Op-Ed late last year that Yates, an Obama administration holdover, knew it was common practice for incoming White House officials to speak with their foreign counterparts, but used the Logan Act as a pretext to target Flynn in order “to entangle the new administration in a criminal investigation as soon as it walked in the door of the White House.”

The Logan Act, passed in 1799, prohibits private citizens from acting on behalf of the United States government in disputes with foreign governments.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 1,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Birthplace
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Nationality
American
Honors/Awards
Graduated dean's list from West Point
Education
United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
Books Written
We Hold These Truths
Professional Memberships
Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Politics, Entertainment, Faith




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