Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spilled the beans on Secretary of State John Kerry’s new granddaughter Monday during a White House press conference, before Kerry had a chance to make an announcement.
Appearing with President Obama as Kerry stood watching in the Oval Office, Netanyahu told reporters that the visit was “an opportunity to congratulate Secretary Kerry on the birth of his new granddaughter.”
Netanyahu went on to say that Kerry received the news when a staffer passed him a phone during an earlier meeting with the prime minister. “So we’ve had many productive meetings, but this is truly a productive meeting,” Netanyahu said to laughter.
The news came amid a tumultuous 48 hours for Kerry.
First, he returned to Washington in a blizzard after appearing on three Sunday political shows, where he spoke on behalf of the administration about Russia’s invasion of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea. He started Monday with a two-hour meeting with Netanyahu before a bilateral meeting with Moldovan Prime Minister Iurie Leanca. There were two more hours with Netanyahu and the president, followed by a national security council meeting also focused on Ukraine.
Nonetheless, the country’s top diplomat found time to welcome the new baby, which the family has dubbed their new “diplo-tot.” (At press time, no name had been announced.) Before flying off to Ukraine Monday night, Kerry visited New York briefly to meet his new granddaughter just hours after her birth.