While the Obama administration is still taking flak for failing to send a top-level official to a Paris anti-terrorism rally, Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryColombia's president is a foreign guest Trump should listen to Anti-ISIS cyber op struggled with issue of notifying allies How American compassion, vision and innovation can end the AIDS epidemic MORE is now being mocked for bringing France the music of singer-songwriter James Taylor.

Speaking with French President François Hollande, Kerry expressed "the full and heartfelt condolences of the American people" for the terrorist attacks of this past month, beginning with the strike on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

He was joined by Taylor who performed his well-known version of the Carole King song "You've Got a Friend." Taylor was in Paris promoting an upcoming European tour.

The move to involve Taylor immediately drew criticism on social media, particularly from conservatives.



Kerry, for his part, praised the French for their response to the attacks.

"But the American people watch you and your team, and indeed all of the government lead with great elegance and grace in this week, during this difficult time," he said, according to the State Department "And we watched the people of France come together with a great sense of purpose and unity. It was a great lesson to the world, I think."

The visit comes after critics slammed the White House for not sending anyone with a higher profile than the U.S. ambassador to France to a solidarity march on Sunday in the aftermath of the attacks. The event was attended by dozens of other heads of state from around the world.

The White House said this week it had erred in failing to send a high-level delegate to the event. Attorney General Eric HolderEric H. HolderVoting advocates notch win at Supreme Court Flynn refusal sets up potential subpoena showdown House votes to expand death penalty for police killings MORE was in Paris at the time but did not attend the rally.