Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has challenged the claims of an NPR reporter who says that Pompeo verbally abused her.

NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly said last week that Pompeo cursed at her and repeatedly “used the F-word” in a shouted diatribe after she questioned him about Ukraine and the ousted American ambassador to Kiev during a nine-minute interview.

The next day, Pompeo refuted Kelly’s claims and accused her of setting him up and violating “the basic rules of journalism and decency” after she said Pompeo repeatedly cursed at her following their testy interview.

In a statement released after the incident, Pompeo said Kelly had lied to him twice – once in setting up the interview, and then again in agreeing to conduct their post-interview conversation “off the record.”

“It is shameful that this reporter chose to violate the basic rules of journalism and decency. This is another example of how unhinged the media has become in its quest to hurt President Trump and this Administration,” Pompeo said.

“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.”

The dispute centers on an interview that Kelly conducted with Pompeo for NPR’s “All Things Considered” program in which she asked him about Iran and former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, who was ousted by Trump last May.

Kelly said she had informed Pompeo’s aides that she would ask about Iran and Ukraine. During the interview, she posed several questions, including whether Pompeo owed an apology to Yovanovitch, who testified last year in the House impeachment inquiry about her ouster. The incident also has figured in Trump’s impeachment trial in the Republican-led Senate.

During the interview, Pompeo said he had only agreed to discuss Iran. Afterward, Kelly told NPR, he shouted and repeatedly cursed at her. She said that he also had aides bring a blank map of the world and asked Kelly to point to Ukraine, which she did, she told NPR.

NPR says it stands by Kelly’s account of the events, however, it is worth noting that in December 2018, NPR was forced to issue a lengthy correction after falsely accusing Donald Trump Jr. of lying to the Senate about plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, claiming his statements contradicted Michael Cohen’s plea deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

15 thoughts on “Pompeo Says Reporter Who Claims He Cussed Her Is Lying!”
  1. NPR is a worthless, communistic front. Why do we the people of the United States of America pay for this un-American garbage?

  2. Pompeo says the American people don’t trust the media. Well 55 percent of Americans don’t trust trump and his administration

  3. NPR and NPTV should be honestly and abruptly challenged when then go off key ! This group gets federal govt funding so they are deserving of praise and critism which ever is called for and the questions can be pointed or not but answers can be to the same severity !!!

  4. There are a few issues left out of this article. Pompeo admitted that he berated the reporter with “colorful language” No one from his staff was able to produce credible evidence that Iran and Ukraine were off the table for the interview.

  5. During
    WWII NAZI germany hid all information that they didn’t want the German people to know. Good job

  6. Me. Pompeo is clearly lying here. Mary Louise Kelly knows where Ukraine is and she cleared the interview twice with his assistant. Quit lying to the American public mr. pompeo.

  7. NPR provides concise in-depth reporting.ive Been interviewed by them before and find their reporters are well prepared and ask important questions. Thank god for npr!!

  8. NEVER trust NPR. Knew many of them. EVERYTHING boils down to money and in this reporter’s case it is money in the form of a job. She needs to CREATE the necessity for her job.

  9. The lame stream media can’t be trusted as they are an arm of the left wing Democrat party. They are left wing hacks that will stop at nothing to harm President Trump and anyone that works for him. Especially his loyal supporters. These people are despicable and this is the reason they have no credibility and low ratings as they cannot be trusted.

  10. Disagreeing with the Democrats is cussing plus they lie so much that’s what we expect. I believe Pompeo because he has proven himself and he’s not a Democrat.

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