President Donald Trump speaks from the White House as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens on January 08, 2020 in Washington, DC.
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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday appeared to congratulate his Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, for shouting and cursing at a reporter for National Public Radio who had asked Pompeo questions about Ukraine.
Trump designed the remarks all through a White House occasion to unveil a Middle East peace approach. After thanking Pompeo for his function, Trump was stunned when Pompeo gained a standing ovation from the home total of company.
“Oh, that is extraordinary. That was really extraordinary, Mike,” Trump said of the applause. “That reporter couldn’t have completed also very good a career on you yesterday, huh? Feel you did a very good career on her, essentially. That is very good. Thank you, Mike. Great. Are you running for Senate? I guess the answer’s no, soon after that.”
Pompeo had extended been looking at a run for Senate in his property condition of Kansas, and Trump’s opinions drew laughter from the audience.
Beyond the White House, having said that, Pompeo’s choice to call NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly into a private home at the State Department on Friday to yell at her has been condemned by journalists and news businesses.
“This is an assault on news businesses from the top rated US diplomat, somebody who is supposed to defend push freedoms. It can be noticeable he’s enjoying to an audience of one particular — Trump,” New York Periods diplomatic correspondent Edward Wong posted on Twitter.
The incident took location on Friday, soon after Kelly pressed Pompeo in an interview about why he had not defended Marie Yovanovitch, the previous U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, who was abruptly pulled from her write-up past spring. Trump’s removing of Yovanovitch is now a central problem in his impeachment demo, section of a sample, Democrats say, of Trump clearing the way for a force campaign to pressure the U.S. ally to investigate his political rivals.
After the Friday interview, Kelly said an aide to Pompeo termed her to his private dwelling home.
“I was taken to the Secretary’s private dwelling home, the place he was waiting around, and the place he shouted at me for about the similar amount of money of time as the interview by itself had lasted,” Kelly informed NPR later that working day.
“He asked, ‘Do you consider Americans treatment about Ukraine?’ He employed the F-phrase in that sentence and a lot of other individuals,” Kelly said. “He asked if I could uncover Ukraine on a map. I said indeed. He termed out for his aides to convey him a map of the environment with no composing, no international locations marked.”
“I pointed to Ukraine,” she said. “He put the map absent. He said, ‘People will listen to about this,’ and then he turned and said he had matters to do, and I thanked him once again for his time and remaining.”
Pompeo later falsely accused Kelly of getting agreed before the interview with Pompeo not to question him questions about Ukraine. “It is shameful that this reporter selected to violate the essential policies of journalism and decency,” Pompeo said in a assertion. “This is an additional case in point of how unhinged the media has come to be in its quest to harm President Trump and this Administration.”
Trump has designed his disdain and distrust of the mainstream media a central section of his presidency, accusing the push consistently of getting the “enemy of the individuals.”
— CNBC’s Kevin Breuninger contributed to this report.