Former Secretary of State John Kerry has been meeting secretly with Iranian officials without President Donald Trump’s permission for what some have termed “rogue diplomacy.”
This “rogue diplomacy” has reportedly centered on the disastrous nuclear deal implemented by former President Barack Obama in 2015 that the current president withdrew America from earlier this year.
What remains unclear is what exactly Kerry has been telling the Iranians. According to intelligence officials who spoke with Fox News host Dana Perino, the former secretary of state has been telling them to wait out the Trump presidency.
When asked by Perino during an interview Wednesday whether this allegation holds merit, Kerry declined to offer a direct answer, instead saying, “Everybody in the world is sitting around talking about waiting out President Trump.”
What does it mean though to wait out the president? The belief by some, including conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh and Fox News contributor Ari Fleischer, is that Kerry has essentially been urging the Iranians to not work with Trump to iron out a real nuclear pact, the point being that it’d be beneficial to the mullahs in Iran if they’d wait for a Democrat to retake the White House.
“John Kerry … has been talking to the Iranians and has been telling them to hold the line, to wait out Donald Trump and his administration,” Limbaugh said Wednesday afternoon on his radio show. “Meaning: Any deal that you make with Trump is gonna be bad for you, the Iranians.”
This belief is based on the fact that Democrat politicians like Obama have no qualms about bending over backwards to appease the interests of America’s enemies.
“I think he was giving Iran advice on how to wait out President Trump, and the biggest problem here is Donald Trump is really fixing things in the Middle East, especially when it comes to the biggest failures of the Iran deal,” Fleischer noted later that evening.
“One is that it didn’t address funding of terrorists, which Iran has gotten away with. In fact, we paid them to fund terrorism. And secondly, it did nothing about Iran’s conventional missile threat. And if John Kerry is out giving advice to Iran about how to maneuver around what Donald Trump is doing, it’s insidious.”
And perhaps illegal? Or it certainly should be in light of the treatment received by the president’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, as noted by Limbaugh.
“How is that different in than Michael Flynn talking to the Russians before being national security adviser? How is that any different?” the incensed host had asked. “Michael Flynn was talking to the Russian ambassador as the incoming NSA, and now he’s charged with lying to the FBI. His family’s ruined. He’s ruined financially. Here’s Kerry talking to the Iranians.”
And yet as of Thursday morning, neither The New York Times, The Washington Post nor CNN had let their readers know that Kerry is purposefully and “insidiously” undermining the current president. Just imagine what their reaction would have been had an official from former President George W. Bush’s administration tried to undermine Obama. Just imagine …