During a news conference about the Middle East plan, President Trump praised Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for shouting and cursing at NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly after an NPR interview on Friday.
President Donald Trump: “That’s impressive. That was very impressive, Mike. That reporter couldn’t have done too good a job on you yesterday, huh? Think you did a good job on her, actually. That’s good.”
In a New York Times op-ed, Kelly writes about how Pompeo swore at her, called her a liar and challenged her to find Ukraine on a map, after she questioned Pompeo first about U.S. diplomacy with Iran and then about the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch. Kelly’s NPR colleague Michele Kelemen has now been denied credentials to travel with Pompeo on his visit to Ukraine, which begins tomorrow.