NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly Says Mike Pompeo Swore and Yelled at Her for Asking About Ukraine

Outburst came after the end of a taped interview for “Morning Edition,” Kelly says

Last Updated: January 24, 2020 @ 6:29 PM

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shouted profanities and insults at NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly after she asked him about Ukraine during an interview, Kelly said Friday.

In the interview, which aired Friday on “Morning Edition,” Kelly asked Pompeo several questions about the Ukraine scandal that led congress to impeach Donald Trump. Pompeo repeatedly declined to answer her questions and at one point claimed he had only agreed to speak about Iran; Kelly replied that his staff signed off on questions about both Iran and Ukraine.

Despite the dispute, Pompeo remained calm during the taping. However, NPR later reported that “immediately after the questions on Ukraine, the interview concluded. Pompeo stood, leaned in and silently glared at Kelly for a period of several seconds before leaving the room.”

Kelly was then summoned into a separate room, where according to NPR, “Pompeo shouted his displeasure at being questioned about Ukraine,” using “repeated expletives” and asking her, “Do you think Americans care about Ukraine?”

Appearing on “All Things Considered” later on Friday, Kelly further explained what happened. “I was taken to the Secretary’s private living room, where he was waiting, and where he shouted at me for about the same amount of time as the interview itself had lasted,” she said.

“He used the f-word in that sentence, and many others,” she continued. “He asked if I could find Ukraine on a map. I said yes. He called out for his aides to bring him a map of the world with no writing, no countries marked. I pointed to Ukraine. He put the map away. He said, ‘People will hear about this,’ and then he turned and said he had things to do, and I thanked him again for his time and left.”

The Trump administration did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap.