State: Kerry 'briefly' on boat amid Egypt turmoil

The State Department reversed itself Friday and said that Secretary of State John Kerry was "briefly" on his boat on Wednesday during the ouster of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. 

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The Friday statement from the State Department is a reversal of an earlier statement that said Kerry was not on the yacht in Nantucket, Mass., as events unfolded in Egypt. 

"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, and calls with Norwegian Foreign Minister Eade, Qatari Foreign Minister al-Attiyah, Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu, Egyptian Constitution Party President ElBaradei and five calls to Ambassador Patterson on that day alone and since then he has continued to make calls to leaders including Emirati Foreign Minister bin Zayed, Prime Minister Netanyahu and Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr," State Department spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki said in a statement on Friday. 

A State Department official stressed though that none of those calls were done from the boat. Kerry had returned from a 12-day trip that covered 25,000 miles and multiple overnight flights. 

The new statement follows a CBS News journalist's tweet that Kerry had been seen boarding the boat Wednesday afternoon. The State Department denied the reports saying "any report or tweet that he was on a boat is completely inaccurate."

Psaki stressed in a previous statement that Kerry had been fully involved in high-level discussions among U.S. foreign policy officials about the events in Egypt.


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