Tapes obtained by the London-based Iran International and subsequently leaked to the New York Times, Kerry, who served as secretary of state, reportedly told Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif about Israeli military operations in Syria.
“If this tape is verified, it would signal catastrophic and disqualifying recklessness by Envoy Kerry to Foreign Minister Zarif that endangered the safety of Americans and our allies,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) told the Daily Wire.
“And it would be consistent with his long pattern of empowering Iran’s regime,” he continued, noting Kerry:
The revelation came to the “astonishment” of Zarif, who worked closely with Kerry on the infamous Iran Nuclear Deal.
Ned Price, a spokesperson at the State Department, told reporters that he couldn’t speak to the “authenticity,” “accuracy,” or “any motives” behind the dissemination of the tape, as it is “purportedly leaked material.”
“I would just make the broad point that if you go back and look at press reporting from the time, this certainly was not secret, and governments that were involved were speaking to this publicly on the record,” he added.
Key members of the GOP, however, are calling for action.