NPR host Mary Louise Kelly pens op-ed after Mike Pompeo interview

NPR host Mary Louise Kelly pens op-ed after Mike Pompeo interview

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WASHINGTON – National Public Radio host Mary Louise Kelly addressed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calling her a liar in a New York Times op-ed on Tuesday night that reflected on the role of journalists in holding public figures to account. 

Kelly said she is a journalist because “we get to put questions to powerful people and hold them to account. This is both a privilege and a responsibility.” 

That was what Kelly was trying to do in an interview with Pompeo last week when she asked if he felt he owed former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovtich an apology for not defending her before she was recalled from her post. 

After the interview, Kelly said Pompeo berated her, questioned whether Americans care about Ukraine and challenged her to find Ukraine on a map. On Saturday, Pompeo issued a statement in which he claimed Kelly lied to him about the subject of the interview and about keeping his post-interview comments off the record.

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