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They don’t know where it’s taking the United States of America. It upsets people’s sense of equilibrium about our steadiness, about our reliability, and to some degree I must say to you, some of the questions, the way they’re posed to me, it’s clear to me that what’s happening is an embarrassment to our country.
Everywhere I go, every leader I meet, they ask about what is happening in America. They cannot believe it. I think it is fair to say that they’re shocked. They don’t know where it’s taking the United States of America.
When questioned about Ibrahim al Qosi, a Gitmo detainee who returned to help al Qaeda after his release, and asked if it made sense to release terrorists to terrorist nations, Secretary of State John Kerry simply said “Well…he’s not supposed to be doing that.”
Vladimir Putin is worried about how America is doing.
The Russian president on Thursday teased Secretary of State John Kerry, who was visiting in Moscow, for carrying his own luggage, asking whether it was a sign that the U.S. is somehow struggling.
“On the one hand, it’s quite a democratic way of conduct, but on the other hand, I thought probably the situation in the United States is not that good and there is no one to assist the secretary of state in carrying his luggage,” said Putin, whose own country’s economy has been hurting due to oil low prices.
“I hear your economy is okay,” Putin continued, while alongside Kerry at the Kremlin. “I mean, there are no — there is no slowdown. Probably then I thought there was something in that case of your — in the briefcase of yours you couldn’t trust anyone else with. Probably you brought some money with you to haggle on key matters.”
Kerry is in Russia to discuss a range of issues with Putin, including ways to push toward a long-term political solution in Syria now that a cease-fire, though fragile, has held for nearly a month.
The secretary of state took Putin’s ribbing in stride.
“When we have a private moment, I’ll show you what’s in my briefcase,” Kerry said. “And I think you’ll be surprised – pleasantly.”
U.S. Senator Rand Paul today attended the Senate Foreign Relations
Committee hearing to question Secretary of State John Kerry on the
FY2017 State Department Budget request. During the hearing, Sen. Paul
emphasized the need to cut wasteful, frivolous spending from the budget,
while maintaining a strong national defense.
Additionally, Sen. Paul
questioned Sec. Kerry on President Obama’s failed foreign policy in
Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday assured Saudi Arabia of the U.S. government’s unwavering support for the Gulf country’s 10-month-old military assault on neighboring Yemen.
Speaking at the Royal Air Base in Riyadh, Kerry declared, “In Yemen, we face the Houthi insurgency and the ongoing threat that is posed by al-Qaida, threats to the territorial integrity of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”
He added, “We have made it clear that we stand with our friends in Saudi Arabia.”
Part of a speech confirming the U.S.-Saudi friendship, Kerry’s statements about Yemen were largely buried by major media outlets.
The US government is grateful to Tehran for helping to arrange a prompt release of ten American sailors who were seized by Iran in the Persian Gulf, US Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement on Wednesday.
“I want to express my gratitude to Iranian authorities for their cooperation in swiftly resolving this matter,” Kerry stated.
Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are in a war of words over the Democrat’s request that the State Department investigate alleged human rights violations by Israeli and Egyptian security forces.
Leahy and 10 House members sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry on Feb. 17 that lists several examples of alleged Egyptian and Israeli “gross violations of human rights,” including extrajudicial killings, that should be examined. The letter’s contents were first reported by POLITICO on Tuesday evening.
Leahy’s signature drew special attention because his name is on a law that conditions U.S. military aid to foreign countries on those countries’ human rights records.
“In light of these reports (of suspected abuses) we request that you act promptly to determine their credibility and whether they trigger the Leahy Law and, if so, take appropriate action called for under the law,” the letter states.
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