NPR host says Pompeo shouted ‘F-word’ tirade when she asked about Ukraine

Kelly said an aide to Pompeo then abruptly ended the interview, before Pompeo summoned her to his private living room at the state department and began berating her, asking her :“do you think Americans care about Ukraine?”

“He used the F-word in that sentence and many others,” Kelly said, describing a rant in the room where the notoriously thin-skinned former Republican congressman had called her.

In what appeared to be a bizarre attempt to browbeat her, he asked the host of the NPR programme All Things Considered if she could find Ukraine on a map, and when she said she could (she was a foreign correspondent and has covered intelligence and national security) he called for aides to bring a map of the world with no country or place names on it.

Kelly pointed to Ukraine, Pompeo put the map away and said: “People will hear about this”.

Pompeo told Kelly he had agreed to the interview to talk about Iran. But Kelly pointed out that she had confirmed with his staff that she would ask about both Iran and Ukraine.

In June 2018, when asked whether the statement about denuclearisation signed by Trump and Kim Jong-un at a summit in Singapore would be verified by weapons inspectors, Pompeo became angry telling a reporter: “I find that question insulting and ridiculous and, frankly, ludicrous.”

In the face of further questioning he said: “It’s not productive to do that, to say silly things. It’s just – it’s unhelpful.”

It soon became apparent that the North Korean leader had not made the disarmament pledges Trump and Pompeo had claimed.

Article URL : https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jan/24/mike-pompeo-ukraine-npr-rant

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