President Donald Trump accused former Secretary of State John Kerry of holding "illegal meetings" with Iran.
The president tweeted Thursday night: "John Kerry had illegal meetings with the hostile Iranian regime, which can only serve to undermine our great work to the detriment of the American people.
& # 39; He told them to wait for the Trump Administration!
& # 39; Was it registered under the Foreign Agent Registration Act?
& # 39; BAD! & # 39;
Most likely, Trump will react to a segment of Fox News that interviewed Kerry about his activities since he left office.
President Donald Trump accused former Secretary of State John Kerry of holding "illegal meetings" with Iran
Kerry also gave an interview to radio show host Hugh Hewitt on Wednesday.
The former Massachusetts senator told Hewitt that he met with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif "three or four times" since the Trump administration took office in January 2017.
Kerry acknowledged the meetings and said they dealt with the Iranian nuclear deal, from which Trump withdrew earlier this year, and other regional issues.
Under President Barack Obama, Kerry was the United States' chief negotiator against the Iranians in the nuclear talks.
"What I did was try to get what Iran might be willing to do to improve the dynamics in the Middle East," Kerry said.
Later on Wednesday, Kerry appeared on Fox News with host Dana Perino.
Under President Barack Obama, Kerry was the United States' chief negotiator against the Iranians in the nuclear talks. He looks good with the Iranian Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, at the United Nations headquarters in New York in April 2016.
When asked if he told the Iranians to "wait" for Trump until a new president is established, Kerry did not deny it.
"I think everyone in the world is talking about waiting for President Trump," Kerry said.
Trump and his supporters accuse Kerry of participating in "shadow diplomacy."
There is also a law in the book, the Logan Act, that prohibits private citizens from carrying out foreign diplomacy on behalf of the US government.
But Kerry denied there was anything improper in their conversations.
"All the secretaries of state, the former secretary of state continue to meet with foreign leaders, attend security conferences and tour the world," Kerry said.
& # 39; We all do that. And we all have conversations (about) the state of things with the world to understand them.
Initial reports that Kerry met with Zarif emerged in May, when The Boston Globe reported that the two men met at the United Nations in Manhattan in an attempt to salvage the nuclear deal.
Kerry also met with European leaders, including German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, and French President Emmanuel Macron.
Kerry's flurry of clandestine diplomacy highlighted his desperation to save Iran's nuclear deal, which he sees as an exclusive achievement.
The agreement, between Iran and the five permanent members of the US Security Council. The US, plus Germany and the EU, saw Iran agree to halt its nuclear weapons program for a decade in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.
Kerry's involvement in trying to preserve the agreement after leaving office came as a surprise to foreign policy experts.
"It is unusual for a former secretary of state to participate in a foreign policy like this, as a true diplomat and quasi-negotiator," said Michael O & Hanlon, a foreign policy expert at the Brookings Institution.
"Of course, former secretaries of state are often very committed to foreign leaders, as they should be, but rarely is it so specific to an issue, especially when they have just left office."