Linda Ronstadt Needles Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for ‘Enabling Donald Trump’ – To His Face

The exchange happened during a State Department dinner for Kennedy Center Honors recipients on Saturday

Last Updated: December 8, 2019 @ 8:00 AM

Singer-songwriter Linda Ronstadt needled Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for “enabling Donald Trump” during a State Department dinner on Saturday for Ronstadt and other Kennedy Center Honorees, according to one person in attendance.

Sam Greisman, the son of Oscar-winning actress and fellow Kennedy Center Honors recipient Sally Field, tweeted about the exchange, which he said came after Pompeo “wondered aloud when he would be ‘loved.'”

According to Greisman, “Then Linda Ronstadt got up to get her laurels, looked the f—er right in the eye and said ‘maybe when you stop enabling Donald Trump.'”

Ronstadt’s manager did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In addition to Field and Ronstadt, this year’s Kennedy Center Honors recipients include veteran R&B group Earth, Wind & Fire, the creators of “Sesame Street” and conductor Michael Tilson Thomas.

The State Department dinner, where honorees each received a rainbow-colored ribbon to wear around their necks, came one day ahead of the official awards ceremony on Sunday. The ceremony will be broadcast Sunday, Dec. 15 on CBS.