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.
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.