John Kerry has been serving the United States for a long time. Whether it’s serving in the Senate, serving in the House, in the Navy, or as Secretary of State, he has contributed a lot to the well being of this country. Lately, he has stirred up some controversy in trying to work under the radar to save the Iran Deal, which is going against the United State’s foreign policy.
After Donald Trump threatened to get rid of the Iran Deal, John Kerry started talking with contacts he made while Secretary of State. These contacts included Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, European Union official Federica Mogherini and French President Emmanuel Macron. With these contacts, he tried to undermine the current administration to deal with the rogue state that is Iran.
Along with meeting important contacts he made while being Secretary of State, he also at the same time was quietly lobbying support from members of Congress by placing dozens of calls to different Congressmen and women and even has support from House Speaker Paul Ryan.
Michael O’Hanlon, a member of the Brookings Institute specializing in defense and foreign policy when asked about these events said this: “It is unusual for a former secretary of state to engage in foreign policy like this, as an actual diplomat and quasi-negotiator… Of course, former secretaries of state often remain quite engaged with foreign leaders, as they should, but it’s rarely so issue-specific, especially when they have just left office.”
So what exactly is Kerry trying to preserve? In the current deal, the United States is supposed to waive sanctions as long as Iran complies with the United States. This deal is set to expire on May 12. Currently, Trump is threatening to reimpose sanctions on Iran, essentially pulling out of the deal. Trump said that the deal should be harsher.
In the next couple of weeks, it will be interesting to see how these events play out and if John Kerry will be charged with violating the Logan Act.