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Politics After interview, Pompeo cursed at reporter, yelled: 'Do you think Americans care about Ukraine?'

18:30  25 january  2020
18:30  25 january  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

Pompeo berated, cursed at NPR reporter over Ukraine questions, she says

  Pompeo berated, cursed at NPR reporter over Ukraine questions, she says "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," said NPR correspondent Mary Louise Kelly.Pompeo was interviewed by NPR correspondent Mary Louise Kelly, who says he cut the interview short after she repeatedly pressed him on why he hasn't defended former Amb. Marie Yovanovitch. Yovanovitch was unceremoniously removed as the ambassador to Ukraine by President Donald Trump and has been a central figure in his impeachment.

"' Do you think Americans care about Ukraine ?'" Pompeo is scheduled to travel to Ukraine next week for a meeting with that country's president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, a central figure in the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cursed at a National Public Radio reporter and repeatedly "used the F-word" in a shouted diatribe after she questioned him about Ukraine and the ousted American ambassador to Kiev in an interview on "He asked, ' do you think Americans care about Ukraine ?'

WASHINGTON – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo used the "F-word" and other expletives after a testy interview with a National Public Radio host on Friday, the news outlet said.

Pompeo unloaded on NPR's Mary Louise Kelly after an interview in which she questioned him on Ukraine and Iran, among other issues. He grew extremely irritated by Kelly's Ukraine questions, according to NPR.

Mike Pompeo wearing a suit and tie: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, arrives to conduct briefings for members of Congress on last week's targeted killing of Iran's senior military commander Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) ORG XMIT: DCMC119© Manuel Balce Ceneta, AP Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, arrives to conduct briefings for members of Congress on last week's targeted killing of Iran's senior military commander Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) ORG XMIT: DCMC119

"'Do you think Americans care about Ukraine?'" Pompeo apparently shouted at Kelly after the interview.

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cursed at a National Public Radio reporter and repeatedly "used the F-word" in a shouted diatribe after she questioned him about Ukraine and the ousted American ambassador to Kiev "He asked, ' do you think Americans care about Ukraine ?'

“ Do you think Americans care about Ukraine ?” the secretary of state asked after the heated interview .

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On Saturday, Pompeo responded by calling Kelly a liar and suggesting she was unable to point out Ukraine on an unmarked map.

"NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly lied to me, twice," Pompeo said in a statement released by the State Department.

He said she lied last month when setting up the interview and again on Friday. He suggested that Kelly had agreed to keep Friday's post-interview conversation off the record.

"It is shameful that this reporter chose to violate the basic rules of journalism and decency," Pompeo said. "This is another example of how unhinged the media has become in its quest to hurt President Trump and this Administration."

Pompeo is scheduled to travel to Ukraine next week for a meeting with that country's president, Volodymyr Zelensky, a central figure in the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. Ukraine is a pivotal U.S. ally in the effort to counter Russian aggression.

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Mike Pompeo is said to have unleashed a foul-mouth tirade at a well known US radio host after and began berating her, asking her :“ do you think Americans care about Ukraine ?” Pompeo told Kelly he had agreed to the interview to talk about Iran. But Kelly pointed out that she verified by weapons inspectors, Pompeo became angry telling a reporter : “I find that question insulting and ridiculous and

The State Department said Pompeo is going to Kyiv to "highlight U.S. support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity." The Eastern European country is at war with Russia.

In the impeachment proceedings, House Democrats have charged Trump with abuse of power for soliciting foreign interference in the 2020 election, one of two articles of impeachment currently being tried in the Senate. Trump pressed Zelensky to open two investigations that would have helped his re-election campaign. As part of that pressure campaign, Trump ousted former U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, a career foreign service diplomat.

Yovanovitch was targeted by Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and Trump has publicly attacked her.

"Do you owe Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch an apology?" Kelly asked Pompeo, who has declined to publicly defend the diplomat.

"You know, I agreed to come on your show today to talk about Iran," he responded.

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cursed at a National Public Radio reporter and repeatedly "used the F-word" in a shouted diatribe after she questioned him about Ukraine and the ousted American ambassador to Kiev in an interview on "He asked, ' do you think Americans care about Ukraine ?'

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly cursed and shouted at an NPR reporter after she repeatedly confronted him about his handling of At that point, Pompeo reportedly challenged Kelly to find Ukraine on an unmarked map and asked, “ Do you think Americans care about Ukraine ?”

Kelly pressed him. "I just want to give you another opportunity to answer this, because as you know, people who work for you in your department, people who have resigned from this department under your leadership, saying you should stand up for the diplomats who work here," she said.

Pompeo said he had defended "every State Department official," to which Kelly said: "Sir, respectfully where have you defended Marie Yovanovitch?"

"I've said all I'm going to say today," he responded.

She then asked if he tried to block Giuliani's "shadow foreign policy" in Ukraine.

"The Ukraine policy has been run from the Department of State for the entire time that I have been here, and our policy was very clear," he asserted. Numerous other State Department officials have testified that Giuliani and other Trump associates used irregular channels to pressure Zelensky.

After the interview, Kelly said she was taken to the secretary of State's private living room, where Pompeo was waiting for her. "He shouted at me for about the same amount of time as the interview itself. He was not happy to have been questioned about Ukraine," Kelly said, in an account released by NPR with the interview transcript.

She said he used the F-word and "many others" when he asking her if Americans cared about Ukraine. He then asked her if she 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," she recounted.

Pompeo then said: "'People will hear about this.'"

In Saturday's statement, Pompeo suggested Kelly had pointed to Bangladesh, not Ukraine, on the map.

"It is worth noting that Bangladesh is NOT Ukraine," he said.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: After interview, Pompeo cursed at reporter, yelled: 'Do you think Americans care about Ukraine?'

After NPR dust-up, Pompeo defends press freedom abroad .
For the past four days, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been calling for authoritarian governments in eastern Europe and Central Asia to ease restrictions on press freedom despite criticism for his own treatment of journalists at home. In Belarus, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan over the weekend and again on Monday, Pompeo raised human rights issues, including freedom of the press, with his interlocutors and denied any double-standard was at play.

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