Sec. of State John Kerry said America’s standing in the world may have been impacted by the decision to not strike Syria when chemical weapons were used by President Bashar Assad on Tuesday’s “Morning Joe,” but continued to defend the administration’s actions. (RELATED: White House: Obama Doesn’t Regret Drawing Red Line In Syria)
Kerry said, “I accept that friends of ours have decided that the president’s non-strike has somehow impacted perceptions of us. But I believe they are dead wrong.”
Nicolle Wallace: Is your job made any more difficult by the fact that some question our credibility and our word because we drew a red line in Syria regarding the use of chemical weapons by Assad on his own people and we didn’t follow up?
John Kerry: Nicolle, I’m glad you asked that question.
Wallace: I’m sure you are.
Kerry: I really am glad. No, seriously. Because there’s so much misunderstanding about that and I understand the misunderstanding. But the fact is …
Wallace: Not just from your critics, I hear that all over the world.
Kerry: No, no, no, look, I accept, I accept that friends of ours have decided that the president’s non-strike has somehow impacted perceptions of us. But I believe they are dead wrong and I think the critics are dead wrong.