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Kerry Aide's Reversal: Top Diplomat Was Sailing While Morsi Fell

By Todd Beamon   |   Friday, 05 Jul 2013 06:50 PM

A spokeswoman for Secretary of State John Kerry reversed herself on Friday, now saying that Kerry was — indeed — sailing in Massachusetts as Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi was ousted in a military coup.

“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,” the spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, told The Boston Globe.

On Wednesday, Psaki denied a CBS News report on Twitter that the nation’s top diplomat had been seen boarding his yacht, Isabel, off Nantucket just hours after Morsi — Egypt’s first democratically elected leader — was deposed.

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“Any report or tweet that he was on a boat is completely inaccurate,” Psaki said, seeking to quell any notion that Kerry was not on the job.

Another Kerry aide who was not authorized to speak publicly told the Globe on Friday that Wednesday’s denial stemmed from “confusion,” adding that Kerry had apparently taken his grandson out for an hourlong sail.

The secretary’s aides bristled at the suggestion that Kerry was simply lounging around on Wednesday, saying that he has been working the telephones with world leaders and participating in White House meetings about the Egyptian situation and other foreign policy matters, the Globe reports.

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