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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo suggested NBC’s Andrea Mitchell should “do some reporting” after she criticized him over a speech he delivered in Georgia.
Mitchell called out Pompeo this week after he invoked the names of former secretaries of state when he tried to defend himself amid criticism over his travel to Georgia. She implied America’s top diplomat was being a hypocrite for speaking at Georgia Institute of Technology on Wednesday as heated Senate races there head into runoff elections.
In a tweet on Tuesday, Mitchell quoted Pompeo’s comments about former Secretary of State John Kerry traveling to Massachusetts and Hillary Clinton traveling to New York when she served in the same role, saying “those were coastal elite states. Those were all fine for secretaries to travel to.”
“Huh? That’s where their families lived,” Mitchell noted.
.@SecPompeo to speak in Georgia ahead of Senate runoffs. Political? He says “When Sec. Kerry traveled to Massachusetts or Sec. Clinton traveled to NY those were coastal elite states. Those were all fine for secretaries to travel to” Huh? That’s where their families lived
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) December 9, 2020
But Pompeo did not miss the jab and soon called out the NBC anchor over her poor journalism skills.
“Andrea – Do some reporting. When I went home to Kansas to see family, your network was howling saying I was violating the Hatch Act,” he tweeted.
“The claims were found to be bogus. This trip was planned long before the Georgia runoff. Do some reporting,” he added.
Andrea – Do some reporting. When I went home to Kansas to see family, your network was howling saying I was violating the Hatch Act. The claims were found to be bogus. This trip was planned long before the Georgia runoff. Do some reporting. https://t.co/9fHEjUzvrl
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) December 9, 2020
“Mr. Secretary thank you for finally answering one of my questions!” Mitchell fired back without actually addressing Pompeo’s criticism.
Twitter users let Pompeo know that journalistic integrity and simple reporting would be a stretch for those like Mitchell.
— thisAmericanBT 🇺🇸 (@thisamerican_bt) December 9, 2020
Reporting is just not something they do.
— The Accountant (@DavidVest1) December 9, 2020
I stopped paying attention to those so-called reports by so-called reporters working for so-called news organizations. Years ago.
— JU (@uj53) December 9, 2020
The State Department and Georgia Institute of Technology announced that Pompeo “will deliver remarks on the China challenge to the U.S. national security and academic freedom” at the scheduled event Wednesday. But the timing of his travel, as two Senate runoff elections to be held on Jan. 5 have set off an intense campaign in the Peach State. Results of the race, as GOP incumbent Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue fight to defend their seats, will determine whether Republicans retain control of the U.S. Senate.
Democrats have previously criticized Pompeo of violating the Hatch Act by allegedly engaging in politically partisan rhetoric while supposedly on official State Department business. The secretary of state arrived in Georgia just days after President Trump attended a rally there to support the Senators.
During his remarks on Wednesday, Pompeo addressed the danger China poses to U.S. schools, contending that many colleges are “basically bought” by Beijing.
He warned that the Chinese regime is “poisoning the well of our higher education institutions for its own ends” and that they “degrade our freedom and America national security.”
“If we don’t educate ourselves, if we are not honest about what is taking place,” he said, “we’ll get schooled by Beijing.”
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