Fox News host Steve Hilton shamed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday night for throwing a temper tantrum after NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly schooled him on Ukraine and demanded he apologize to the widely respected journalist.
Last week, Kelly challenged Pompeo during an interview on whether he has ever defended former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovich, whom President Donald Trump conspired to oust from her post as part of his scheme to extort Ukraine into investigating his political rivals.
A clearly miffed Pompeo abruptly ended the interview. But that’s not where the story ends. Kelly described what happened next.
“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,” she said. “He was not happy to have been questioned about Ukraine.”
“He asked, “Do you think Americans care about Ukraine?”” Kelly continued. “He used the F-word in that sentence and many others. He asked if I could find Ukraine on a map. I said yes, and he called out for aides to bring us a map of the world with no writing. I pointed to Ukraine. He put the map away. He said, “people will hear about this.”
Here’s audio of Kelly’s report via YouTube:
Kelly is an experienced national security reporter who earned a Master’s degree in European studies, so she knows where Ukraine is on a map. For Pompeo to question her intelligence is insulting.
But Pompeo would go on to attack Kelly and NPR while Trump retaliated by questioning if NPR and PBS should receive further government funding.
Fox News host Steve Hilton, who frequently tunes in to NPR, defended Kelly and urged Pompeo to stop whining and apologize.
“First, I want to make clear I’m a big fan of the secretary,” Hilton began. “I appreciate his tough stand on many issues, not least China. But last week, Pompeo lost his temper after an interview with NPR, Mary Louise Kelly, unleashing a four-letter word tirade, and putting out a ridiculous statement whining about what questions he agreed to answer.”
“I listen to NPR a lot, and I can tell you that Mary Louise Kelly is one of the very few hosts on there who actually seems fair and is not totally biased against President Trump,” Hilton continued. “For goodness sake, Mr. Secretary, don’t be such a baby. You should be able to handle tough questions by now and don’t be such a bully. Foul-mouthed ranting at a reporter doing her job is an embarrassment to you and the administration. You should apologize and people will think much more of you if you do.”
Here’s the video via Fox News:
Mike Pompeo definitely owes Kelly and NPR a public apology. He acted in a way that is disgraceful to the office he holds and to the State Department. Even Fox News says so.
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