Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, apparently annoyed by a reporter's question about the Trump administration's dismissal of the US Ambassador to Ukraine by the Trump administration, struck out in English In the interview, she was cursed and asked to find Ukraine on a map, said the reporter. Known for his bombastic, occasional thin skin, and controversial relationship with many members of the State Department press corps, Pompeo refused to say during the interview whether he apologized to Ambassador Marie L. Yovanovitch.
] "I defended every single person on this team," said Pompeo in an interview with NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly, which was recorded on Friday morning. "I did what is right for every single person on this team."
When asked whether he could refer to certain comments in which he defended Ms. Yovanovitch, Mr. Pompeo said: "I said everything I said I will say today. Thank you very much. Thank you for repeated opportunity to do so. I appreciate that. "
Shortly afterwards, an assistant to Mr. Pompeo ended the approximately nine-minute interview, and Mr. Pompeo glared at her and left the room – hardly an unusual reaction in dreary Washington.
But in a later broadcast from NPR, Ms. Kelly described what happened next.
She said the adjutant who had stopped the interview reappeared and asked her to come with her, Without a recorder, Ms. Kelly said that she had been taken to Mr. Pompeo's private living room, where he had been waiting, and "where he had been shouting at me for about as long as the interview itself lasted "
" He I was not glad to have been asked about Ukraine, "Kelly said of NPR. "He asked," Do you think Americans are interested in Ukraine? "He used the F word in this and many other sentences."
Mr. Pompeo asked Ms. Kelly if she could find Ukraine on a map, and Ms. Kelly, whose report took her around the world to Russia, North Korea, and other countries, said, "Yes."
He asked his aides to bring him a map of the world without writing and with no country, ”said Kelly. "I referred to Ukraine. He put the card down. He said, "People will hear about it."
Kelly said that when Mr. Pompeo's aide called her into the room, he had never asked to keep the meeting with Mr. Pompeo secret – nor would she have agreed to such an agreement.
woman. Kelly later informed the State Department that she intended to report on Mr. Pompeo's tirade and had received no response.
The State Department did not respond to a request for comment on Friday. A spokeswoman for NPR said Ms. Kelly, a co-host of "All Things Considered", is not available for further comments.
Ms. Kelly said to NPR that she had confirmed herself before the interview with the secretaries. So it came as no surprise that she wanted to ask him about Iran and Ukraine. But Mr. Pompeo still resisted Ms. Kelly's questions about Ms. Yovanovitch.
"I just have nothing else to say this morning," he said at one point.
woman. Yovanovitch was abruptly recalled from Ukraine in May last year and has become a key figure in impeachment proceedings against President Trump after testifying last year that she was targeted by a smear campaign by the President's personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, and two of his Co-workers were Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman. Since then, the two have been indicted in a trial that violates campaign finance laws.
woman. Yovanovitch testified last year that she felt "threatened" by Mr. Trump after it became known that he told the Ukrainian president that she was "going through some things". Mr. Trump has also belittled Ms. Yovanovitch, a 33-year-old veteran diplomat. on twitter.
David E. Sanger contributed to the reporting.