John Kerry Expected To Turn Up Heat

Expect a frustrated John Kerry to use the podium at an upcoming climate summit in Boston to go “hog wild” on Donald Trump after the president dismantled his major accomplishments as secretary of state, political observers say.

Kerry will speak at an International Mayors Climate Summit at Boston University in June that is expected to draw officials from Chinese cities, Boston officials said. A similar gathering between U.S. and Chinese officials had been planned for last year, but was canceled after Trump’s State Department withdrew sponsorship, Mayor Martin J. Walsh said at the time.

That conference was canceled around the same time Trump withdrew from the Paris climate accord, a worldwide agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that was a large focus of Kerry’s efforts as former President Barack Obama’s secretary of state. And with Trump also pulling out of Iran nuclear deal — another key issue for Kerry — the former secretary of state will likely lash out, politicos said.

“It’s very likely he’s going to use the spotlight to attack President Trump. He has an ax to grind with Trump and is trying to preserve his legacy as secretary of state,” said Republican strategist Ford O’Connell. “He really only has two feathers in his cap: the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate accord, which Trump both torpedoed.

“He has a safe space to go hog wild on the president if he chooses to,” O’Connell added.

Read more from Dan Atkinson at the Boston Herald

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