Former acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell lashed out at former Secretary of State John Kerry Monday, saying he undermined former President Donald Trump’s foreign policy objectives on a regular basis and suggested he was a threat to national security.
In an interview with Tammy Bruce on “Fox News Primetime,” Grenell, who also served as U.S. Ambassador to Germany under Trump, responded to a New York Times report that cited leaked audio of Kerry informing Iranian officials that Israel had covertly struck them hundreds of times in Syria.
In the roughly three-hour recording, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Kerry told him Israel attacked Iranian assets in Syria “at least 200 times” while also expressing shock that the top U.S. diplomat would reveal such sensitive information.
“The question now on everyone’s mind — I think there’s probably a few questions — how many lives did John Kerry put in danger by sharing this information?” Bruce rhetorically asked as she brought in Grenell after noting that Kerry has a history of being “friendly” with the Iranian regime.
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Grenell pointed out that the alleged breach of protocol and security is “incredibly serious” and despite Kerry’s denials, the former DNI said the allegations, based on available facts, are likely “true.”
He went on to note that Washington Post journalist John Hudson “immediately” came out in defense of Kerry following the explosive Times report and blamed conservatives for blowing the details out of proportion.
Grenell then pointed out that Iran’s Zarif said he was “astounded” by what he says Kerry told him.
“So if the Washington Post’s tale and the State Department’s tale and John Kerry’s tale is all that this information was already out and everybody knew about it, why was the foreign minister so excited by this information?” Grenell said. “It’s because John Kerry and Zarif talk regularly.
“This is a fact. John Kerry may never admit that, but this is a fact, and when they talk, he’s constantly undermining what the Trump policy was, or leaking information,” Grenell added. “It may not always be classified information, but it’s information that Zarif doesn’t know. This is a fact.”
The former U.S. ambassador called the Post’s covering for Kerry “shameful,” adding that “this is typical of what happens in that swampland where they come rushing every single time to defend the Democrats.”
In May 2018, Kerry was caught engaging in secret talks with the Iranians to thwart then-President Donald Trump’s effort to exit the so-called nuclear deal the former secretary of state negotiated when he was top diplomat for President Barack Obama.
A report at the time noted that Kerry was involved in backdoor talks with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, European Union official Federica Mogherini and French President Emmanuel Macron as well as Zarif.
In September of that year, Kerry was accused of engaging in “rogue diplomacy” with Zarif, telling Fox News in an interview, “Everybody in the world is sitting around talking about waiting out President Trump.”
Seasoned political observers took that to mean Kerry was urging the Iranians not to work with Trump to renegotiate the nuclear deal and suggesting that he wouldn’t be in office much longer.
“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,” Ari Fleischer, a former White House press secretary for President George W. Bush, told Fox News.
Republicans subsequently asked the Justice Department to investigate Kerry for possible violations of the Logan Act or Foreign Agents Registration Act. But no charges were ever filed.
In his interview with Bruce, Grenell pointed out that by his actions, Kerry chose to aide an enemy to the United States’ most important Middle East ally, Israel.
He went on to say that out-of-power Democrats form an “elite bubble inside Washington D.C.” by joining non-governmental organizations, lobbying firms and think tanks to remain influential in foreign policy.
“They think that they can make the decisions,” said Grenell. “What Donald Trump did was unleash ‘America First’ and the American people now understand what it means when they make these elite decisions that it doesn’t benefit them.
“They want a change. They want these decisions to benefit America First and Americans first,” he added.
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