Trump backs Pompeo against NPR, criticizes CNN and Fox News

Cheryl Sanders
January 29, 2020

Presidential impeachment defense lawyer Alan Dershowitz said Tuesday that while he disapproved of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo berating a reporter, "if he can help bring about peace in the Middle East, I'll forgive him his rudeness towards a reporter".

At a White House ceremony with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump noted the presence of Pompeo and said, "That was very impressive".

"Why are you patting Mike Pompeo on the back?"


"Trump's "good job on her" comment and Pompeo's action towards a NPR reporter must be rebuked by Republicans".

Pompeo smiled and laughed along with the audience as Trump rambled on about rumors that the secretary of state is planning a Senate run. "That reporter couldn't have done too good a job on you yesterday, huh?" Kelly says Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shouted at her in his private living room following an interview Friday in which she asked questions about the ouster of former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch.

After the interview in which Kelly pressed Pompeo on Ukraine, she later recounted, Kelly "asked, 'Do you think Americans care about Ukraine?' He used the F-word in that sentence and many others". His statement did not dispute what she said about the content of the post-interview encounter.


Over the weekend, Mr. Pompeo defended himself against the claims and alleged the journalist "lied" to him about the topic of the interview, and "chose to violate the basic rules of journalism and decency". Kelly, who has a master's degree in European studies from Cambridge university and many years experience as a foreign correspondent, said she pointed to it right away.

Removing NPR's Michele Kelemen from the trip was seen as further retaliation by the State Department Correspondents' Association, according to its president Shaun Tandon of Agence France-Presse.

In a tweet on Monday night, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) warned that "when Trump administration officials are allowed to bar press simply for doing their job. we are entering the chilling realm of an autocracy".


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