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Mike Pompeo cursed her out for asking about Ukraine

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cursed out an NPR reporter after she pressed him to reply questions in regards to the removing of former U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch from her put up in Ukraine, the outlet reported Friday.


The reporter, “All Things Considered” co-host Mary Louise Kelly, interviewed Pompeo on Friday amid President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial within the Senate, which facilities across the president’s dealings with Ukraine.

But Pompeo declined to reply a number of questions from Kelly about Ukraine, saying he had solely agreed to debate the administration’s insurance policies with regard to Iran. Kelly disputed that these have been the phrases of the interview.

NPR reported that “instantly after the questions on Ukraine, the interview concluded. Pompeo stood, leaned in and silently glared at Kelly for a interval of a number of seconds earlier than leaving the room.”

An aide to the Cabinet official requested Kelly to comply with Pompeo to his residing quarters on the State Department with out a recording system however didn’t specify that the following trade could be off the document, in response to NPR.

Mary Louise Kelly accepts the award for greatest reporter/correspondent/host – non-commercial for “All Things Considered” on “NPR News” on the 43rd annual Gracie Awards on the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Beverly Hills, Calif.


“Inside the room, Pompeo shouted his displeasure at being questioned about Ukraine,” NPR reported. “He used repeated expletives, in response to Kelly, and requested, ‘Do you suppose Americans care about Ukraine?'”

On a radio program for NPR that aired Friday, Kelly supplied extra particulars about her unrecorded trade with Pompeo.

“I used to be taken to the Secretary’s personal front room, the place he was ready, and the place he shouted at me for about the identical period of time because the interview itself had lasted,” Kelly mentioned.

“He used the F phrase in that sentence, and lots of others. He requested if I may discover Ukraine on a map. I mentioned sure. He referred to as out for his aides to convey him a map of the world with no writing, no nations marked,” Kelly mentioned.

“I pointed to Ukraine,” she mentioned. “He put the map away. He mentioned, ‘People will hear about this,’ after which he turned and mentioned he had issues to do, and I thanked him once more for his time and left.”

Pompeo on Friday tweeted his plans to journey to Ukraine.

Yovanovitch’s ouster has at occasions taken heart stage in Trump’s impeachment proceedings.

The House voted to question Trump on Dec. 18 on articles of abuse of energy and obstruction of Congress, each associated to his efforts to have Ukraine announce probes into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son and a debunked conspiracy principle in regards to the 2016 presidential election.

Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani, with assist from associates together with Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, had allegedly sought Yovanovitch’s removing with a purpose to clear the way in which for Ukraine to announce the probes that concerned Trump’s political rivals.

Yovanovitch was faraway from her put up in Kyiv within the spring of 2019. She testified earlier than the House in November as a part of its impeachment inquiry that she felt threatened by Trump and his allies, who had disparaged her even after she was faraway from her put up.

Yovanovitch mentioned that corrupt Ukrainian officers and Trump associates, together with Giuliani, had orchestrated a “smear marketing campaign” towards her.

Earlier Friday, ABC News reported that a newly surfaced recording accommodates audio of Trump, at an April 2018 gathering with Fruman and Parnas, demanding that Yovanovitch be fired.

A transcript of the recorded portion of NPR’s interview with Pompeo exhibits Kelly first asking questions in regards to the tense relations between the U.S. and Iran. Pompeo defended Trump’s determination to tug the U.S. out of the 2015 Iran nuclear settlement struck throughout the Obama administration.

Then Kelly modified the topic to Ukraine, asking if Pompeo owed Yovanovitch an apology.

Pompeo mentioned, “I agreed to come back in your present right now to speak about Iran. That’s what I intend to do.”

Kelly responded: “I confirmed along with your employees … final evening that I’d discuss Iran and Ukraine.”

The back-and-forth continued as Kelly pressed Pompeo on whether or not or not he ought to apologize to the previous U.S. ambassador.

“I’ll say solely this. I’ve defended each State Department official,” Pompeo mentioned. But when requested the place he has defended Yovanovitch specifically, Pompeo mentioned, “I’ve mentioned all I’m going to say right now.”


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