Wait, I thought Kerry gave his medals back?
In 1971 John Kerry said he threw away as many as nine of his combat medals to protest the war in Vietnam.
“I gave back, I can’t remember, six, seven, eight, nine medals,” Kerry told WRC-TV on November 6, 1971.
When asked whether he’d returned a Bronze Star, a Silver Star, and three Purple Hearts he received for his combat service, Kerry replied that he had and “above that, [I] gave back the others.”
Kerry was a leader among anti-war veterans and led them in a protest in Washington, D.C. According to news reports in 1971, “many veterans were seen throwing their medals and ribbons over the fence in front of the U.S. Capitol,” and a handful of outlets “reported that Kerry was among these veterans,” according to ABC News.
Kerry added that, “[i]n a real sense, this administration forced us to return our medals because beyond the perversion of the war, these leaders themselves denied us the integrity those symbols supposedly gave our lives.”
In 2004, during his abdominal presidential run, Kerry tried to flip-flop and it ended up submarining his run.
Well, guess what!? He found his medals again.
Former Democrat Senator and failed Presidential candidate John Kerry was spotted at King Charles’ coronation in a suit wearing his medals he’d thrown away for justice years ago.
Biden “climate czar” John Kerry was spotted yesterday at the coronation of King Charles III.
Did he take his private jet? pic.twitter.com/k08PpIFrhS
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In other John Kerry news, he’s bypassing the Secretary of State and solely reporting to Biden, per a Boston Herald report. The position which includes negotiations with China will provide Kerry with his own staff.
From the Boston Herald:
“Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry reports directly to the President,” a State Department spokesperson told the Herald Monday.
The one-line response came as new emails show Kerry — the nation’s first Special Presidential Envoy for Climate — has a “proposed staff” of 45 positions. That’s the same-sized office set up to combat ISIS, his staffers pointed out.
Those emails also state everyone reports to Kerry alone. The Climate office informed the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee of that fact, the emails show.
A State Department spokesman now confirms Kerry does not answer to U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and goes straight to the Oval Office.
One of the largest issues is that Kerry is not subject to congressional oversight.
Michael Chamberlain, director of Protect the Public’s Trust is suing Kerry’s office to find out what’s really going.
“For an individual with the level of authority that John Kerry possesses to operate not only outside the Senate confirmation process but also not report to the head of the agency he ostensibly works for seems, at the very least, tremendously unusual, at worst, in violation of the Senate’s advice and consent authority,” Chamberlain said Monday night.
“It’s little wonder that staff in the (Climate) office are so secretive and even their responses to Congressional oversight are cryptic and dismissive,” Chamberlain added. “The more that Protect the Public’s Trust, Congressional representatives, and media discover.”
Kerry’s position is set to expire in May 2024.