Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is known for having a temper when things don’t go his way, and literally nothing goes your way when you work for a crook. That has lead to multiple occasions in which Pompeo has thrown public tantrums over something as little as a reporter asking a question.
And it’s happened yet again Saturday. It all started yesterday when Pompeo and NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly had an alleged heated exchange. The altercation went viral Friday, which has now led to Pompeo lashing out about the media backfire from that incident, saying that Kelly lied to him multiple times.
“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.”
“It is shameful that this reporter chose to violate the basic rules of journalism and decency. another example of how unhinged the media has become in its quest to hurtPresident Trump and this Administration.”
“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.”
This all started Friday when Kelly claimed Pompeo aggressively asked if Americans really cared about Ukraine and if she could find the country on a map. Kelly said this about the tiff:
“He asked, ‘Do you think Americans care about Ukraine?’ He used the F-word in that sentence and many others.”
“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.’”
It is the apparent embarrassment from that incident that has Pompeo lashing out so brutally at the female journalist. During his interview with Kelly, Pompeo said this about Ukraine after complaining that Ukraine wasn’t what he wanted to talk about:
“The Ukraine policy has been run from the Department of State for the entire time that I have been here. I’ve been clear about that, I know exactly what we were doing, I know precisely what the direction our State Department gave to our officials around the world about how to manage our Ukraine policy.
“I have defended every State Department official. We’ve built a great team.”