‘I don’t think Kerry gives a damn’: Administration hammered for silence on Marine held in Mexico


By Judson Berger, FoxNews.com

President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are being accused of ignoring the plight of a U.S. Marine imprisoned in Mexico on gun charges — with no indication whether Kerry even brought up the case during high-level meetings this week in Mexico City.

“I don’t think Kerry gives a damn about this guy,” Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., told FoxNews.com on Thursday.

The case of Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi is notable for the lack of public attention it’s gotten from administration officials.

Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke out in 2011 on American hikers imprisoned in Iran, and her husband even traveled to North Korea in 2009 to retrieve two Current TV reporters locked up in the hermit kingdom.

According to Hunter’s office, U.S. officials at the American consulate in Tijuana are working on the latest case. Tahmooressi has been jailed in Mexico since April 1.

But Hunter told FoxNews.com that he was told last week the matter hadn’t reached the “secretary level.”

“He can at least say something,” Hunter said. “He’s got a lot of leverage.”

The secretary on Thursday is wrapping up his round of diplomatic visits in the Mexican capital, a day after meeting with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.

The State Department has not responded to questions from Fox News on whether Kerry brought up Tahmooressi. So far, representatives with the department and the White House have said little about the matter.

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