"Following Kelly’s report of the exchange, Pompeo released a statement accusing her of lying both about the nature of the interview and about what happened after, claiming the conversation was supposed to be off the record and insinuating that she mistakenly pointed to Bangladesh instead of Ukraine (Kelly’s colleagues laughed at this suggestion). Now, Pompeo has kicked NPR reporter Michele Keleman out of his press pool for his upcoming trip to Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
"To be clear: our Secretary of State is retaliating against a reputable news outlet because one of its reporters asked him a question he didn’t like. This behavior, from one of our government’s top officials, is what you see in dictatorships, not democracies. It appears Pompeo is following his boss’s lead and restricting press access because he can’t handle being asked tough questions. Pathetic."