" ...the most childish official statement ever issued by a u.s. secretary of state..."

By:  john-russell  •  one month ago  •  6 comments

" ...the most childish official statement ever issued by a u.s. secretary of state..."

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed on Saturday, that he was misled by an NPR reporter  who asked him about Ukraine.The reporter, Mary Louise Kelly, says Pompeo shouted obscenities at her and demanded she find Ukraine on a map that showed the outline of world countries but no names. 

Pompeo seemed to have been saying, today, the Kelly misidentified the country Bangladesh as Ukraine. 

Twitter mocked and belittled Pompeo yet again.


Walter Shaub


Pompeo claims @ NPRKelly mistakenly identified Bangladesh as Ukraine. As we evaluate what may be the most breathtakingly childish official statement ever issued by a Secretary of State in over two centuries, consider the magnitude of the mistake he implausibly claims she made: https:// twitter.com/cjf39/status/1 221092305005948928 


It was revealed through her biography that Mary Louise Kelly has a masters degree in European studies from Cambridge University. 


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1  author  JohnRussell    one month ago
Malcolm Nance

What are the odds that it was Pompeo who misidentified Ukraine and thought it was actually Bangladesh? Pretty good. https:// twitter.com/tierney_megan/ status/1221111357757644801 

Tierney Sneed

I honestly can't tell if Pompeo is making a joke, or if he seriously thinks we're going to believe that a highly-regarded national security reporter with a master's degree European studies actually thought Ukraine was next to the Indian peninsula https:// twitter.com/RobbieGramer/s tatus/1221091910078664705 

2  author  JohnRussell    one month ago

This incident has gone from the merely offensive on the part of Pompeo to the bizarrely offensive. 

This man is the official representative of the United States  in the area of international diplomacy and he has made a fool out of himself. 

In a saner world he would be handing in his resignation. 

Split Personality
2.1  Split Personality  replied to  JohnRussell @2    one month ago

2020  Pompeo for Kansas Senator !!!

2024 Pompeo for POTUS!!!!



3  author  JohnRussell    one month ago

Secretary of State   Mike Pompeo   came out swinging — again — Saturday in yet another attack on a National Public Radio host, indicating she mistook Bangladesh for Ukraine in his map challenge.

But no one is buying it.

Pompeo exploded in a profanity-laced tirade at “All Things Considered” host Mary Louise Kelly after she   dared to ask him questions about Ukraine   in an interview Friday. He led her to a private office after the interview and yelled at her,   using the “F-word and many others,”   said Kelly. “He shouted at me for about the same amount of time as the interview itself,” which was 10 minutes. Pompeo also asked: “Do you think Americans care about Ukraine?” Kelly recounted.

He then challenged her to find Ukraine on a blank map, which Kelly did. 

On Saturday, Pompeo appeared to indicate that she mistook Bangladesh for Ukraine, which is 3,600 miles away. “It’s worth noting that   Bangladesh is not the Ukraine ,” he scoffed in his statement. He also claimed that the ugly confrontation was off the record, which NPR denies (and   stands by its report ), and that Kelly “lied,” was “shameful” and violated the “basic rules of journalism and decency.”

Some observers speculated that it was   Pompeo who made the geographical goof  in his attempt to call out Kelly — by confusing Bangladesh with   Belarus,   which borders Ukraine .

The Washington Post blasted Pompeo’s tale as a “ blatant gaslighting attempt .”

There is “absolutely no way” Kelly mistook Bangladesh for Ukraine, the Post declared. To mention just a couple of issues, the countries are on different continents, and Bangladesh clearly doesn’t share a border with Russia, so it would be difficult to engage in a border war with that nation, something a journalist would know.

In addition, Kelly is a former national security reporter who has traveled extensively abroad and has a master’s degree in European studies from prestigious Cambridge University. “The mere fact” that Pompeo challenged Kelly to begin with suggests he didn’t “know who he was dealing with,” the Post wrote.

Former White House ethics chief   Walter Shaub   blasted Pompeo’s statement as possibly the “most breathtakingly childish” ever issued by a secretary of state in “over two centuries.”

Then other Twitter critics piled on. 

3.1  WallyW  replied to  JohnRussell @3    one month ago

Mike Pompeo Doubles Down On NPR Reporter Attack. No One Buys It.

No one that matters....cares, and the voters don't give a shyt

4  bbl-1    one month ago

Fortunately for Pompeo and unfortunately for America, the 'Stormy Who' base is neither interested in truth or justice.  Fanaticism, religious or otherwise, is an addicting cult arranged for the lost.

As with all things in Trumpism, there is no consequence.  Only fear, division and hate is the residue.  Putin's propaganda machine is the most effective in the World.

Pompeo lives by the deceit of the lie. Without that protection, he is naked.  After all, the wheel was invented in America---it is in the bible, right?


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