Secretary of State Mike Pompeo responded Saturday following media reports that said he scolded an NPR reporter after they sat for an interview -- one that Pompeo claimed afterward had strayed from an agreement he had reached with the journalist.
H/T: Fox News
According to Kelly's account, after her interview with Sec. Pompeo had concluded, she was asked to go to another room where Pompeo screamed obscenities at her and asked her to point to Ukraine on map.
Pompeo blasted Kelly in a statement released Saturday, saying “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.”
Secretary Pompeo doubles down, saying @NPRKelly lied, that the interaction was “another example of how unhinged the media has become,” and suggests that she was thousands of miles off in identifying Ukraine on a map, which... pic.twitter.com/NoevQglkKJ— Ben Swasey (@benswasey) January 25, 2020
Here is our full interview with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. It's worth a listen. https://t.co/3BQh3Q7lWV— Mary Louise Kelly (@NPRKelly) January 24, 2020
In what universe is complaining about a reporter breaking an off the record agreement an "assault on press freedom?"— Andrew Surabian (@Surabees) January 25, 2020
If @NPRKelly did indeed break an off the record agreement, she should be fired & her colleagues should be condemning her, not holding her up as a resistance hero https://t.co/f9fC0pW5rm