The current Secretary of State has criticized his predecessor, John Kerry, for meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s main point of contention is that these meetings occurred after Kerry left office.
He has ridiculed Kerry’s decision, calling the whole affair “unseemly and unprecedented.”
Unsurprisingly, it is not actually that uncommon, or unprecedented, for former Secretaries of State to remain in touch with their former contacts.
The definition for unseemly and unprecedented behavior and decision making, however, has certainly expanded under Trump’s — and Pompeo’s — tenure.
The “revelation” comes as Kerry has been making the rounds of the mainstream media outlets and pounding the metaphorical pavement of the book promotion circuit.
In one of his interviews, he discussed having met with Zarif three or four times, and that one of the topics discussed was the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), more commonly known as the Iranian Nuclear Deal, which Trump has pulled out of.
That being said, Kerry also debriefed Pompeo on these meetings.
And, according to Matt Summers, Kerry’s spokesman, he provided the current Secretary of State with “great detail about what he had learned about the Iranian’s view.”
All in all, the late-coming accusations seem coincidentally aligned with former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s guilty plea and the rumors that Pompeo’s incompetence, rather than the president’s mercurial nature, is to blame for the stall in progress with North Korea.