Plenty of people would like to hear what Mike Pompeo has to say about Donald Trump’s interactions with Ukrainian President Volodmyr Zelensky. The President has thus far prevented his Secretary of State from talking to lawmakers, calling it a national security issue.
Pompeo was willing, however, to speak with Mary Louise Kelly from NPR. According to Kelly, the Secretary of State became unhinged over questioning, cursing at her and storming out of the room. Today, Pompeo responded to the host’s claims, calling her behavior, “shameful.”
NPR actually released a statement about Pompeo’s behavior after being asked about his obligation to protect foreign ambassadors. The statement read, “Pompeo proceeded to shout his displeasure at being questioned about Ukraine. He used repeated expletives, according to Kelly.”
Kelly said of the incident, “He asked, ‘Do you think Americans care about Ukraine?’ He used the F-word in that sentence and many others.”
An angry Pompeo reacted to the claims with a statement of his own on Saturday. It read, “NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly lied to me, twice. First, last month, in setting up our interview and, then again yesterday, in agreeing to have our post-interview conversation off the record.”
The Secretary of State also took a shot at the media, writing, “It is no wonder that the American people distrust many in the media when they so consistently demonstrate their agenda and their absence of integrity.”
Pompeo, who was accused of having Kelly show him where Ukraine was on a map, insinuated that she pointed at Bangledesh instead.
A number of reporters slammed the Secretary for his claim, noting that the very well educated Kelly would certainly know where the Ukraine is located.
It is impossible that Mary Louise Kelly, with a Master’s Degree in European Studies from Cambridge and a career as a foreign correspondent, could have misidentified Bangladesh as Ukraine.
The more likely answer is that Pompeo believes Bangladesh is located in Southeast Europe. pic.twitter.com/xYrUzSro0Z
— Thayer Murphy (@ThayerAM) January 25, 2020