Trump praises Pompeo for doing 'a good job on' NPR reporter


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.

Last week he was accused of shouting "do you think Americans care about Ukraine?" at a National Public Radio reporter after she questioned him about Ukraine in an interview.

"One U.S. ambassador has been dismissed, and then there was a charges d'affaires, and there is still no U.S. ambassador", Tregub said, referring to Trump's abrupt dismissal of former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who was the subject of a smear campaign orchestrated by the president's allies. The association said, "The removal of Michele, who was in rotation as the radio pool reporter, comes days after Secretary Pompeo harshly criticized the work of an NPR host". Just FYI - I told him that when I was talking to McKinley OFF record just a few weeks ago, he was defending Pompeo's handling of Yovanovitch to a certain extent, telling me that Pompeo delayed pulling her back and then made sure she had another option - at Georgetown.

Kelly said Pompeo's staff did not stipulate that the post-interview meeting was to be off the record.

NPR's President John Lansing Tuesday wrote to Pompeo, seeking an explanation for why Kelemen had been left off the trip.

This is your senior adviser Michael McKinley, a career foreign service officer with four decades experience, who testified under oath that he resigned in part due to the failure of the State Department to offer support to Foreign Service employees caught up in the impeachment inquiry on Ukraine. Lansing said he has not yet received an answer.

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He added, "We have also asked what it means for future trips". "So, we're going to continue pressing ahead", Hook said.

When Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky appears with Pompeo before cameras on Friday, White House officials hope the former comedian will reiterate a message that has become central to Trump's defense: The president never pressured Ukraine to investigate Trump's political rivals.

Trump has repeatedly attacked news organizations for critical reporting of his administration and policies, and has popularized the phrase, "fake news". "They have zero interest in directly antagonizing the Trump administration and like the rest of the world have to deal with the USA government that's in place".

"Wow, that's impressive", the president said of the standing ovation for the top US diplomat.

Conservative lawmakers have tried in the past to defund NPR, a nonprofit media organization that broadcasts through more than 1,000 member radio stations in the United States.