Skip to comments.Kerry Meeting With Saudi Foreign Minister Abruptly Closed to Press (CYA Time!)
Posted on 04/16/2013 12:28:06 PM PDT by drewh
Kerrys previous rounds of meetings with foreign ministers had been open to the press. And the meeting with the Saudi Foreign Minister should have been far less controversial than his meetings with foreign ministers in Asia where the North Korean crisis was still underway.
The meeting with the Saudi Foreign Minister should have been open to the press as well. But then suddenly, it wasnt.
A meeting Secretary of State John Kerry was to hold with Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Saud Al-Faisal was abruptly closed to press coverage Tuesday morning.
The State Department provided no reason for the change, which was announced just 15 minutes before the scheduled 10 A.M. session, but media reports have said that a Saudi national in the U.S. on a student visa is a person of interest to investigators probing the bombings at the Boston Marathon on Monday.
Apologies for short notice, the State Departments press office told reporters as it announced the change. A spokesperson did not immediately respond to a query about the closure of the meeting, which had been scheduled to include a so-called camera spray at the top of the session.
The Saudis tend to be aggressive in protecting their nationals, even when they are involved in terrorism. And Kerry clearly is trying to avoid any kind of public exchange or questions at the topic.
The abrupt shutdown suggests that the State Department left the window open as long as possible in the hopes that the Saudi national would become a non-issue. The shutdown suggests that whatever direction the FBI investigation is headed in, its people are unable to tell State that the Saudi national in custody is not a player. Otherwise Kerry could have easily shot down the question.
It also suggests that the Saudis might want to press Kerry privately on their usual agenda of exculpating Saudi Arabia for its terrorist backing and transferring over the Saudi national to their custody.
I bet his maximum eminence is sequestered in his office today too trying to figure out how to play the bombing into his anti gun and pro immigration actions. Yesterday morning he figured he had clear sailing on the second and was working around to the same with the first. He cannot even slip out now for a day at the links or someone will complain so he is trapped with the chabaca and biden for a whole day at least.
I hate that we have America haters in charge.
Time to bend over and grab your ankles Lurch...
Never let a good crisis go to waste and all...
Pretty difficult to spin this differently...if it does turn out that this was a Saudi national then that alert citizen who apprehended him deserves a medal..not that he'll get it from the Obama administration...they would only have been too happy to blame it on the tea party.
I wonder what George W Bush thinks about all this. Any chance 60 minutes gets to interview W?
They are trying to keep the lid on Boston as Islamic Terrorism because Obama’s buddies Marco Rubio and the MS-8 need to get Illegal Alien Amnesty passed
The lid will be sealed tight until they absolutley have to do something, remember Obama was bought and paid for by his Saudi backers as a kid...
Promising more flexibility?
How long after Kerry’s closed meeting was it declared that the Saudi person of interest was cleared & is no longer a suspect?
I dont believe anything coming from the administration on this issue with the Saudis, given Obama’s perosnal history in the region. http://www.debka.com/article/22901/Saudi-terror-cell-possibly-al-Qaeda-behind-Boston-Marathon-bombings-Manhunt-for-escaped-suspect
Were there loud slurping noises and groans heard coming from behind those closed doors?
If he has finished the job in the beginning and not tried bring these animals into the 21st Century... maybe this would never have happened.
That was the Founding Fathers intent.
How tight will the Saudis keep the leash as they take their dog Ketchup Boy for a walk?
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