The Secretary of State asked the journalist if she really thinks that Americans care about Ukraine and asked to show the country on the map.
U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo was at the center of a scandal over an interview with NPR radio, after which he allegedly shouted at the presenter because of her questions about Ukraine. This was reported by NPR presenter Mary Louise Kelly after the incident.
“I was taken to the secretary of state’s private living room, where he was waiting for me and screaming for about as long as the interview itself took. He was not happy that he was asked about Ukraine,” said Ari Shapiro, a journalist on her own radio station, told the show.
The journalist said that Pompeo asked, “Do you think Americans care about Ukraine?” In addition, he asked to show Kelly Ukraine on the map, asking assistants to bring him a map without inscriptions.
“I pointed to Ukraine. He put the map on hold,” the journalist said. After that, she said, Pompeo said that “people will hear about it.”
During the interview, the transcript of which was made public by both NPR and the U.S. State Department, Secretary Pompeo said in a conversation that he only agreed to it for the sake of questions about Iran. However, after the onslaught of the host, the head of the State Department answered several questions about Ukraine. In particular, he stressed that he is proud of what the Trump administration has done for Ukraine.
“The current administration has provided Ukrainians with an opportunity to defend themselves. President Obama sent dry-picks. We provided Javelin missiles. The previous administration did nothing to destroy corruption in Ukraine. We’re working on it. We will continue to do so,” Pompeo said.
In addition, the journalist began to ask whether he had defended Ambassador Marie Jovanovic when President Trump demanded her dismissal.
“I stood up for every State Department representative. We created a great team. The team that works here is doing an amazing job all over the world… I defended every single person on this team,” Pompeo said.
When the journalist began to delve into the questions regarding Jovanovic, the Us Secretary of State concluded the interview.