SPONSORED:

Trump questions why NPR exists after Pompeo clashes with reporter

President TrumpDonald TrumpProject Veritas surveilled government officials to expose anti-Trump sentiments: report Cheney: Fox News has 'a particular obligation' to refute election fraud claims The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? MORE questioned why NPR exists following his secretary of State’s reportedly heated clash with one of the media organization's reporters.

The president on Sunday retweeted conservative radio host Mark LevinMark Reed LevinBoehner on Bachmann: Right-wing media made 'people who used to be fringe characters into powerful media stars' Boehner says he called Hannity 'a nut' during tense 2015 phone call Worst person in America contest? MORE’s tweet that asked, “Why does NPR still exist?”

“A very good question!” Trump posted with Levin’s tweet. 

ADVERTISEMENT

Levin inquired about the publicly funded but privately owned national radio station, saying there are “thousands” of radio stations in the country and satellite radio.

“Why are we paying for this big-government, Democrat Party propaganda operation,” Levin wrote. 

NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly reported Friday that Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoUS Olympic Committee urges Congress not to boycott Games in China Pompeo on CIA recruitment: We can't risk national security to appease 'liberal, woke agenda' DNC gathers opposition research on over 20 potential GOP presidential candidates MORE lashed out at her for asking about Ukraine, saying, “Do you think Americans care about Ukraine?” while using the F-word and asking her to point to Ukraine on a map. 

ADVERTISEMENT

Pompeo then accused Kelly of lying to him, alleging that the post-interview conversation was off the record and that the interview was supposed to focus on Iran. Kelly says she confirmed with Pompeo’s staff that Ukraine would also be on the docket.

"It is shameful that this reporter chose to violate the basic rules of journalism and decency," Pompeo said Saturday.

The secretary of State has come under criticism after Democrats alleged he did not fully protect former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie YovanovitchMarie YovanovitchGiuliani hires attorneys who defended Harvey Weinstein The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Facebook upholds Trump ban; GOP leaders back Stefanik to replace Cheney Former Ukrainian prosecutor says he was fired for not investigating Hunter Biden: report MORE when the president’s personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiGiuliani hires attorneys who defended Harvey Weinstein The FBI should turn off the FARA faucet Michael Cohen on Giuliani's legal fees: He won't get 'two cents' from Trump MORE ran a smear campaign against her to get her removed. She was recalled from her position last year.

NPR has stood behind Kelly.