Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, apparently angered by a reporter’s questions concerning the Trump administration’s firing of america ambassador to Ukraine, lashed out at her after the interview, cursing and difficult her to seek out Ukraine on a map, in response to the reporter.
Mr. Pompeo, who is thought for his bombast, occasional skinny pores and skin and contentious relationship with many within the State Division press corps, had declined to say through the interview whether or not he owed an apology to the ambassador, Marie L. Yovanovitch.
“I’ve defended each single individual on this crew,” Mr. Pompeo mentioned within the interview with the reporter, Mary Louise Kelly of NPR, which was recorded Friday morning. “I’ve achieved what’s proper for each single individual on this crew.”
Requested whether or not he might level to particular remarks by which he defended Ms. Yovanovitch, Mr. Pompeo mentioned: “I’ve mentioned all I’m going to say right now. Thanks. Thanks for the repeated alternative to take action. I respect that.”
Quickly after that, Ms. Kelly mentioned, an aide to Mr. Pompeo ended the roughly nine-minute interview, and Mr. Pompeo glared at her and left the room — hardly an uncommon response in hurly-burly Washington.
However in a broadcast in a while NPR, Ms. Kelly described what occurred subsequent.
She mentioned the aide who had stopped the interview reappeared and requested her to come back together with her, with no recorder. Ms. Kelly mentioned she was taken to Mr. Pompeo’s personal front room, the place he was ready, and “the place he shouted at me for about the identical period of time because the interview itself had lasted.”
“He was not glad to have been questioned about Ukraine,” Ms. Kelly, a co-host of “All Issues Thought of,” mentioned on NPR. “He requested, ‘Do you assume People care about Ukraine?’ He used the f-word in that sentence, and lots of others.”
Mr. Pompeo requested Ms. Kelly if she might discover Ukraine on a map, and Ms. Kelly, whose reporting has taken her around the globe — to Russia, North Korea and different international locations — mentioned, “Sure.”
“He referred to as out for his aides to deliver him a map of the world with no writing, no international locations marked,” Ms. Kelly mentioned. “I pointed to Ukraine. He put the map away. He mentioned, ‘Individuals will hear about this.’”
Ms. Kelly mentioned that when Mr. Pompeo’s aide had summoned her to the room, the aide by no means requested that the assembly with Mr. Pompeo be saved off the report — nor would she have agreed to such an association.
Ms. Kelly additionally mentioned she instructed the State Division afterward that she deliberate to report on Mr. Pompeo’s tirade, and had not heard again.
On NPR, Ms. Kelly mentioned she had confirmed with the secretary’s aides earlier than the interview that she deliberate to ask him about Iran and Ukraine, so the subject was not a shock. However Mr. Pompeo nonetheless bristled at Ms. Kelly’s questions on Ms. Yovanovitch.
“I simply don’t have anything to say about that this morning,” he mentioned at one level.
The State Division didn’t reply to a request for touch upon Friday. In an announcement on Saturday, Mr. Pompeo responded to Ms. Kelly’s account.
“NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly lied to me, twice,” Mr. Pompeo mentioned within the assertion. “First, final month, in establishing our interview and, then once more yesterday, in agreeing to have our post-interview dialog off the report.”
“It’s shameful that this reporter selected to violate the fundamental guidelines of journalism and decency,” Mr. Pompeo added. “That is one other instance of how unhinged the media has turn out to be in its quest to harm President Trump and this Administration. It’s no surprise that the American folks mistrust many within the media after they so persistently show their agenda and their absence of integrity.”
Mr. Pompeo ended the assertion by saying, “It’s value noting that Bangladesh is NOT Ukraine.”
A spokeswoman for NPR mentioned Ms. Kelly was not accessible for additional remark Friday. In an announcement on Saturday, Nancy Barnes, NPR’s senior vp of reports, mentioned that Ms. Kelly “has at all times performed herself with the utmost integrity, and we stand behind this report.”
Ms. Yovanovitch was abruptly recalled from Ukraine final Could and has turn out to be a key determine within the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump after she testified final 12 months that she was the goal of a smear marketing campaign by the president’s private lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani and two of his associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman. The 2 have since been indicted in a scheme to violate marketing campaign finance legal guidelines.
Ms. Yovanovitch testified final 12 months that she felt “threatened” by Mr. Trump after it emerged that he instructed the Ukrainian president she would “undergo some issues.” Mr. Trump has additionally disparaged Ms. Yovanovitch, a adorned 33-year veteran diplomat, on Twitter.
David E. Sanger, Edward Wong and Johnny Diaz contributed reporting.