John Kerry says Donald Trump should resign

Former Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday sent a pointed message to President Donald Trump: Resign.

The former Democratic senator from Massachusetts hesitated for a few moments when asked during a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, what he would tell Trump if he were next to him. 

“I can’t play that ― I just ― I would,” Kerry said, shrugging. “But I know that, see, because he doesn’t take any of this seriously. He doesn’t have an ability to have that kind of conversation.”

Pressed further, Kerry answered that he would say, “Resign.” The audience laughed and applauded. 

Trump skipped this year’s World Economic Forum, an annual gathering of world leaders and wealthy elites, citing the ongoing partial government shutdown, which entered its 32nd day on Tuesday. U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron also abstained from the forum this year amid political unrest in their respective countries.

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US Secretary of State John Kerry visits the historic Shackleton hut near McMurdo Station in Antarctica on November 11, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Ralston/Pool
General view of the Blood Falls and the Taylor Glacier while in flight during a visit by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to Antarctica, November 11, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Ralston/Pool
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and members of his delegation hike towards the historic Shackleton hut near McMurdo Station, Antarctica November 11, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Ralston/Pool
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flies over the Taylor Valley area near McMurdo Station, in Antarctica, November 11, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Ralston/Pool
US Secretary of State John Kerry and scientist Kelly Falkner pose outside the historic Shackleton hut near McMurdo Station, Antarctica November 11, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Ralston/Pool
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (C) disembarks from a U.S. Air Force C-17 near McMurdo Station, in Antarctica, November 11, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Ralston/Pool
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hikes in front of Mount Erebus, in Antarctica, November 11, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Ralston/Pool
The Taylor Glacier is seen in this aerial view while in flight during a visit by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to Antarctica, November 11, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Ralston/Pool
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flies over the Taylor Glacier area near McMurdo Station, in Antarctica, November 11, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Ralston/Pool
US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) visits the historic Shackleton hut with Scott Borg (L), the head of the Polar Program for the National Science Foundation, during Kerry's visit to McMurdo Station in Antarctica on November 11, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Ralston/Pool
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (C) disembarks from a U.S. Air Force C-17 near McMurdo Station, in Antarctica, November 11, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Ralston/Pool
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sits in the cockpit of his U.S. Air Force C-17 flight to Antarctica at Christchurch International Airport, New Zealand November 11, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Ralston/Pool
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry leaves a chapel at the McMurdo Station in Antarctica on November 12, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Ralston/Pool TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry talks with New Zealand scientist Gavin Dunbar about the movement of icebergs, at the New Zealand run Scott Base, beside the Ross Sea, in Antarctica on November 12, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Ralston/Pool
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (C) leaves the New Zealand run Scott Base beside the Ross Sea in Antarctica on November 12, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Ralston/Pool
The motorcade of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry heads towards the Pegasus ice runway for his flight to New Zealand from Antarctica on November 12, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Ralston/Pool
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry looks out at a frozen section of the Ross Sea beside the McMurdo Station in Antarctica on November 12, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Ralston/Pool
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (2nd R) onboard a US Air Force C-17 Globemaster as it leaves the McMurdo station in Antarctica for New Zealand on November 12, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Ralston/Pool
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Kerry, who served as secretary of state under President Barack Obama, has been an outspoken critic of Trump. In September, he bashed the president for leading a “corrupt” and “chaotic” administration.

“There’s no secret about how chaotic this is, and increasingly, there is no secret about how corrupt it is,” he told MSNBC. “And it’s obviously not just corrupt on a question of criminality; it’s corrupt in terms of keeping faith with American principles, keeping faith with the direction of the country, the way we need to go and the way we need to govern ourselves.”

The White House did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment on Kerry’s remark in Davos.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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