Trump Jokes About Pompeo’s Spat With NPR Reporter While Announcing Middle East Peace Plan

When he was detailing his proposed Middle East peace plan, President Donald Trump joked about Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly yelling at an NPR reporter.

After Pompeo received a standing ovation from the crowd on Tuesday, Trump made light of a recent spat between Pompeo and NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly.

“That was impressive,” Trump said after the applause, “That was very impressive, Mike. That reporter couldn’t have done too good a job on you yesterday. Think you did a good job on her, actually.”

Watch his comments below:

Trump appeared to be referencing an incident that occurred between Pompeo and Kelly after an interview. 

Over the weekend, Kelly said Pompeo scolded her after the interview for asking about Ukraine. She also said Pompeo asked her to point out Ukraine on an unlabelled map.

“He was not happy to have been questioned about Ukraine,” Kelly said, adding that Pompeo asked if she thought Americans “care about Ukraine.”

“‘Do you think Americans care about Ukraine?’ He used the F-word in that sentence and many others.”

In a statement, Pompeo accused Kelly of breaking their agreement that the conversation would be 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 also suggests that Kelly had agreed to avoid asking about Ukraine during the interview, as The Washington Post reports. But emails show that she wrote to Pompeo’s press aide, “I never agree to take anything off the table.”

The New York Times reports that it reviewed emails between Kelly and the State Department before the interview and found her statement to be true. 

Democratic senators criticized Pompeo for his “irresponsible” comments and said his behavior has harmed “American values and standing in the world.”

Responses

  1. This is the media game called “Access to our rumps”. Play the game the administration’s way and kiss our ass or we cut off access. That is the main rule.

    Mary Louise Kelly was just denied access on an upcoming trip with Pompous Pompeo.

    See how this game is played?

    1. Same as with all previous administrations except this one has members with a pair and I don’t mean the kind like Michelle.

  2. To those of you who think Pompeo is an ass, you should probably rethink your bias. I don’t believe that he said any of those things but that the NPR reporter has lied once again to the American public. She did NOT stick to the format for the interview and I have no doubt that she broke the rule of “off the record” as all asshole communist reporters do.

    1. That is a lie.

      Mary Louise Kelly made it clear what topics she would cover and left it open for even more possible topics that could arise in the meantime.

      What do you plan on gaining from lying to us?

  3. Reporters? Walter Cronkite, Mike Wallace ,Andy Rooney, Harry Reasoner may be classified as journalists back in the day but they were not baiters. To quote Andy Rooney” The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there’s a 90% probability you’ll get it wrong.” And then there’s CNN “the cult of Democrats”.

  4. Trump, Pompeo, tear them up. They are bias hacks. We the people are sick of it!

    1. Yeah, anyone who asks questions is obviously biased. Just agree already with everything the president says without question or clarification. That is the only way to prove you’re not biased.

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