State dept issues stmt disputing our report that we saw John Kerry on a boat in Nantucket today. Says he has been working "all day" on Egypt—
Mosheh Oinounou (@Mosheh) July 04, 2013
There is plenty of conflicting, head-scratching information regarding Secretary of State John Kerry’s whereabouts on Wednesday as Egypt descended into chaos.
CBS News had reported that Kerry was on his boat at Nantucket:
Multiple Twitter users also tweeted the same thing:
Nantucket reporter Jason Graziadei says Kerry was “definitely” there:
Graziadei even posted Vine video purportedly of Kerry’s motorcade trying to navigate a roundabout. The video was posted to Twitter on July 3rd at about noon ET:
The roundabout is located about one mile from the Marina, according to Graziadei:
Earlier today, the National Security Council tweeted a picture of President Obama meeting with his national security team. John Kerry is not seen, though not everybody in the room is visible:
The Department of State says Kerry was not on a boat today and was in Washington DC as of 4 a.m. this morning:
A CBS News producer tweeted a photo of Kerry’s yacht, Isabel, on Wednesday afternoon and said a colleague saw Kerry boarding it at the Nantucket Boat Basin. She shouted “Morsi,” but got no response from the secretary of state.
But the State Department said Kerry was not aboard a boat on Wednesday and has spent the day working the phones on Egypt. “Since his plane touched down in Washington at 4 a.m., Secretary Kerry was working all day and on the phone dealing with the crisis in Egypt,” spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. “He participated in the White House meeting with the president by secure phone and was and is in non-stop contact with foreign leaders, and his senior team in Washington and Cairo. Any report or tweet that he was on a boat is completely inaccurate.”
So his plane touched down in Washington DC at 4 a.m. On the other hand, he was in Nantucket this morning, according to several eyewitnesses. On the other other hand, he was working all day. And he called into an important meeting at the White House rather than attend in person.
If you’re confused, you’re not the only one.