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Mike Pompeo on John Kerry: ‘Stop It. Let It Go. You Had Your Day’

In an exclusive interview on 'The Ingraham Angle,' Trump's secretary of state said his predecessor is 'actively' trying 'to undermine' POTUS and promote Iran nuclear deal

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Former Secretary of State John Kerry “can’t seem to get off the stage” and is “actively” seeking “to undermine” President Donald Trump’s administration by meeting surreptitiously with Iranian officials, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned in an exclusive interview on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.”

“Secretary Kerry can’t seem to get off the stage, and you have to. When I’m the former secretary, I’ll get off. Every previous former secretary’s done that, too,” Pompeo (pictured above) told Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Wednesday.

“It’s one thing to meet with your counterpart. It’s another thing to do what Secretary Kerry, [former Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs] Wendy Sherman, [former Energy Secretary] Ernest Moniz — frankly, the whole gang — has done, which is to actively seek to undermine what President Trump is trying to achieve,” he added.

Kerry received criticism over his private meetings with key Iranian officials such as Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif since leaving his post in the Obama administration.

Many former Obama administration officials were upset with Trump’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in May 2018.

Pompeo lashed out at Kerry on Friday when he told reporters at the Department of State that Kerry’s “unseemly and unprecedented” behavior since leaving office is “beyond inappropriate.”

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“This is a former secretary of state engaged with the world’s largest state sponsor of terror, and according to him, he was talking to them, he was telling them to wait out this administration,” said Pompeo.

The secretary of state told Ingraham that it is OK for a former government official like Kerry “to talk” to Iranian officials, but only if he is “working for America, working for American foreign policy.”

“And they’re not. They’re working for the foreign policy that is theirs, not the one that belongs to the United States,” Pompeo said.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) entered the fray when he sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday, obtained by Fox News, urging the Department of Justice to investigate whether Kerry broke U.S. laws in meeting with Iranian officials.

“Well, I’ll leave the legal action to others. I’m trying to execute America’s foreign policy,” Pompeo told Ingraham.

“And they are not only unhelpful, but they are acting in ways that are harmful to achieving what’s best for the American people.”

“That’s my criticism,” Pompeo added. “Stop it, let it go. You had your day. We think you fundamentally got it wrong with Iran, and we’re trying to make it right for America.”

A spokesperson for Kerry, for his part, claimed last week that the former secretary of state had broken no laws, ABC News reported.

“Stop being the world’s largest state sponsor of terror. Stop launching missiles through proxies, stop attacking our embassies and consuls,” Pompeo said of Iran.

“Secretary Kerry stays in touch with his former counterparts around the world just like every previous secretary of state, and in a long phone conversation with Secretary Pompeo earlier this year he went into great detail about what he had learned about the Iranians’ view. No secrets were kept from this administration,” Kerry’s spokesperson said.

Trump also lashed out at Kerry via Twitter on September 13, writing, “John Kerry had illegal meetings with the very hostile Iranian Regime, which can only serve to undercut our great work to the detriment of the American people. He told them to wait out the Trump Administration! Was he registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act? BAD!”

Pompeo reinforced Trump’s foreign-policy strategy with Iran, noting the president “has been very clear since the time he was running for office that the arrangement that the previous administration put in place was bad for America, frankly bad for the world.”

“So I and Brian [Hook, senior policy adviser to Pompeo and special representative for Iran] are working to get Iran to behave like a normal nation. Right? Stop being the world’s largest state sponsor of terror. Stop launching missiles through proxies, stop attacking our embassies and consuls,” Pompeo said.

“When we get those basic things in place, President Trump’s made very clear we’d love Iran to rejoin the community of nations,” he added.

“But their revolutionary zeal causes them to be a bad actor, and they need to shape up. And if they do, we’ll get it right.”

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