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Pompeo lashes out at reporter over Ukraine

'I’ve defended every single person on this team,' Pompeo said in the interview with the reporter
US secretary of state Mike Pompeo

New York Times New Service   |   New York   |   Published 25.01.20, 07:04 PM

Secretary of state Mike Pompeo, apparently angered by a reporter’s questions about the Trump administration’s firing of the US ambassador to Ukraine, lashed out at her after the interview, cursing and challenging her to find Ukraine on a map, according to the reporter.

Pompeo, who is known for his bombast, occasional thin skin and contentious relationship with many in the state department press corps, had declined to say during the interview whether he owed an apology to the ambassador, Marie L. Yovanovitch.

“I’ve defended every single person on this team,” Pompeo said in the interview with the reporter, Mary Louise Kelly of NPR, which was recorded Friday morning.

“I’ve done what’s right for every single person on this team.”

Asked whether he could point to specific remarks in which he defended Yovanovitch, Pompeo said: “I’ve said all I’m going to say today. Thank you. Thanks for the repeated opportunity to do so. I appreciate that.”

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