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Pompeo Attacks NPR Reporter With F-Bombs, Demands She Find Ukraine On A Map (Which She Did)

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Pompeo Attacks NPR Reporter With F-Bombs, Demands She Find Ukraine On A Map (Which She Did)




Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly berated a reporter for NPR with abusive language after an interview in which he was questioned about Ukraine and issues that are at the center of the impeachment trial against President Trump.

NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly revealed during a segment on “All Things Considered” on Friday that Pompeo questioned whether Americans even care about Ukraine and if the veteran journalist — who had recently returned from reporting in Iran — could find the country on a map.

“I was taken to the Secretary’s private living room where he was waiting and where he shouted at me for about the same amount of time as the interview itself,” Kelly told her co-host Ari Shapiro, according to a transcript of the program. “He was not happy to have been questioned about Ukraine.”



“He asked, ‘Do you think Americans care about Ukraine?’ He used the F-word in that sentence and many others,” Kelly said.

“He asked if I could find Ukraine on a map. I said yes, and he called out for aides to bring us a map of the world with no writing. I pointed to Ukraine. He put the map away.”

“He said, ‘People will hear about this,’” Kelly recounted.

Pompeo has been accused of failing to protect U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch from a smear campaign spearheaded by the president’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani and has responded vaguely to allegations that the ambassador was under surveillance and her safety at risk by a Giuliani associate before her abrupt removal last year.

The secretary said he agreed to sit down with NPR’s Kelly to discuss the administration’s strategy on Iran.




“You know, I agreed to come on your show today to talk about Iran,” Pompeo said in the interview when Kelly brought up Ukraine. “That’s what I intend to do.”

“I have defended every State Department official. We’ve built a great team,” he added when asked if he has defended Yovanovitch.

Journalists have been taking to Twitter to show their support for Kelly:








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