Kerry Meeting With Saudi Foreign Minister Abruptly Closed to the Press

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Kerry’s previous rounds of meetings with foreign ministers had been open to the press. And the meeting with the Saudi Foreign Minister should have been far less controversial than his meetings with foreign ministers in Asia where the North Korean crisis was still underway.

The meeting with the Saudi Foreign Minister should have been open to the press as well. But then suddenly, it wasn’t.

A meeting Secretary of State John Kerry was to hold with Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Saud Al-Faisal was abruptly closed to press coverage Tuesday morning.

The State Department provided no reason for the change, which was announced just 15 minutes before the scheduled 10 A.M. session, but media reports have said that a Saudi national in the U.S. on a student visa is a “person of interest” to investigators probing the bombings at the Boston Marathon on Monday.

“Apologies for short notice,” the State Department’s press office told reporters as it announced the change. A spokesperson did not immediately respond to a query about the closure of the meeting, which had been scheduled to include a so-called “camera spray” at the top of the session.

The Saudis tend to be aggressive in protecting their nationals, even when they are involved in terrorism. And Kerry clearly is trying to avoid any kind of public exchange or questions at the topic.

The abrupt shutdown suggests that the State Department left the window open as long as possible in the hopes that the Saudi national would become a non-issue. The shutdown suggests that whatever direction the FBI investigation is headed in, its people are unable to tell State that the Saudi national in custody is not a player. Otherwise Kerry could have easily shot down the question.

It also suggests that the Saudis might want to press Kerry privately on their usual agenda of exculpating Saudi Arabia for its terrorist backing and transferring over the Saudi national to their custody.

  • Spikey1

    Kerry; "Nothing to see or hear here, move along, move along."

  • Ar'nun

    And yet another person linked to Saudi Arabia kills Americans. It may end up being time to exact revenge. They got a pass on 9/11 for some strange reason, not this time!

  • BLJ

    The Saudi's have never been our friends. Wahhabism comes right out of that place. Having someone like John Kerry dealing with them (as well as Comrade O) really makes me feel confident (sarcasm intended).

  • Edward Cline

    Nothing to see here — but blood and amputated limbs and bodies a million shards of glass, and a Saudi "student" with burns who ran away and was tackled by a civilian (not by the DHS or FBI or TSA) and handed over to the cops — so, move along. I wonder what will happen now to that new "let the Saudis into the U.S. with no restrictions" policy. Perhaps that's what the Dishrag Dynasty wishes to discuss with Kerry the faux Frenchman.

  • BayouCoyote

    That filthy koranimal doesn't come out of its lair unless there's a serious PR issue for it to contain.

  • Cat K

    How far will spin go? If this terror attack was done by a Muslim, will the administration blame it on another person? A homeless Vet maybe? Or will they say the muslim's mortgage was under water and they now need all our bank accounts to soothe his pain.
    The damage and carnage is so bad and cruel that "they" need a way to make it about guns, money or rights to grab. There is no way this will NOT be used to or covered up.

  • JacksonPearson

    Hanoi John is getting his marching orders from the Salifist Saudis. So watch for the Boston bombing to fade away into obscurity.

  • Mary Sue

    "It's the Sa-OO-dees! They are crazy!" – any Middle Easterner that ISN'T Saudi.

    Suddenly secret meeting with the Saudi foreign minister? NO THERE IS NOTHING SUSPICIOUS ABOUT THAT AT ALL! [/sarcasm]

  • defcon 4

    Closed door meetings w/islamofascist despots always inspire me w/confidence about the commitment to democracy mouthed by our Washington elites.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Of course it was closed…there is MUCH to hide – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/04/17/when-is-a-per

    Oh dear…the jihad all over America will pick up speed…

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • WildJew

    This sort of thing happened within hours after the 9/11 attacks when President Bush reportedly met with Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States, Prince Bandar, on the Truman Balcony. Within hours of the meeting some 140 Saudi nationals and members of the bin Laden family were flown out of the US at a time FAA banned all flights in US airspace. The potential witnesses were not interrogated by the FBI. One flight out of Tampa was reported by Kathy Steele, Brenna Kelly, and Elizabeth Lee Brown in the Tampa Tribune October 200l.

  • RKTAz

    Once a Traitor, ALWAYS, a Traitor