Pompeo said Kerry's meetings with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif were "beyond inappropriate" and undermined USA foreign policy.
Iran's foreign minister said the meeting he had with the former U.S.secretary of state was a part of the routine meetings that are "indication of Iran's influence", IRNA reports.
Speaking on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, the former secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate said he believes Trump has "the maturity of an 8-year-old boy with the insecurity of a teenage girl".
"This is a former secretary of state engaged with the largest state sponsor of terror", he said. Though some lauded the comparison as "absolutely priceless" and a "mic drop" moment, many expressed disappointment in Kerry, even if they agreed with his assessment of Trump.
Pompeo contended Friday: "You can't find precedent for this in US history". "He is the first president that I know of who spends more time reading his Twitter "likes" than his briefing books or the constitution of the United States", Kerry told Maher.
Matt Summers, a spokesman for Kerry, later defended Kerry's Iran meetings.
Additionally, Kerry blasted the current U.S. administration for its Iran strategy.
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Trump supporters immediately leapt on Kerry's actions as evidence of "treason", with some calling for him to go to prison.
A Trump administration official pointed out to Fox News that Kerry's meetings with Iran are particularly "shameful" given what the Iranians have been doing with the money Kerry and President Barack Obama gave them, pumping weapons to proxy fighters in the bloody civil wars and unrest of Syria, Yemen, and Iraq. Was he registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act?
Following the U.S. pullout from the nuclear agreement in May, Iran said it was interested in keeping the deal alive, but only if the remaining powers could guarantee it would not face economic isolation under Washington's sanctions. "No secrets were kept from this administration", a spokesperson for Kerry said in a statement to The Hill. With current brazen USA officials-who have unsheathed their swords against Iranians-what negotiations can we have? "The conversation he ought to be anxious about is the one Paul Manafort had with [special counsel Robert] Mueller". One of the meetings was held in Norway, another in Germany and a third is reportedly said to have happened at the United Nations headquarters, which is not technically on American soil.
"But if you want to learn something about the nuclear agreement that made the world safer, buy my new book", said Kerry.
In a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday, Rubio said that Americans "deserve to know that USA laws are enforced regardless of any individual's past position".
The audience applauded. The two men moved on to discuss a variety of other subjects covered in the forthcoming memoir, including Kerry's work as secretary of state and his friendship with the late Sen.