Gen. Dempsey respectfully declines to give John Kerry cover

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey sat down with Martha Raddatz on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday and spoke on, among other things, the military coup of Egypt’s first democratically-elected president, Mohamed Morsi.

She played a short clip of Secretary of State John Kerry describing the overthrow of the Morsi regime at a press conference this week.

“And the military did not take over, to the best of our judgment so, so far. To run the country, there’s a civilian government. In effect, they were restoring democracy.”

“Do you agree with that statement?” asked Raddatz.

“I’ve actually been asked what I feel it is at this point, and my answer has typically been, I don’t know yet. This will only be apparent as we see what the transitional government intends to do,” he said, ignoring the incongruity of the Kerry statement.

“He was a democratically-elected president. How can you call it restoring democracy?” Raddatz pressed, bringing him back on track.

“Well, that’s why I didn’t sign up for that characterization when you just asked me.” he admitted. “I think — I think, frankly, that we will know what it is soon, but it may not be apparent –”

“So Kerry may have misspoken there.”

“I don’t know. I’m not going to speak for the Secretary of State. He’s the leading diplomat of our nation.”

Watch the full interview from ABC News.

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