Trump questions why NPR exists after Pompeo clashes with reporter

President TrumpDonald John TrumpFauci says his meetings with Trump have 'dramatically decreased' McEnany criticizes DC mayor for not imposing earlier curfew amid protests Stopping Israel's annexation is a US national security interest 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 LevinHannity planning first book in ten years: 'Live Free or Die' The Memo: Speculation grows about Fauci's future Top Georgia Republican endorses Doug Collins Senate bid MORE’s tweet that asked, “Why does NPR still exist?”

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

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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 PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoHouse, Senate panels to question ousted State Dept. inspector general on Wednesday: report National security adviser says foreign powers trying to exploit US race relations Britain and Europe need to step up their support for Hong Kong 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. 

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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 YovanovitchJim Jordan requests documents from Pompeo regarding Hunter Biden, Burisma  Trump taps new ambassador to Ukraine America's diplomats deserve our respect MORE when the president’s personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiSunday shows preview: States begin to reopen even as some areas in US see case counts increase Moussaoui says he now renounces terrorism, bin Laden Democrats launch probe into Trump's firing of State Department watchdog, Pompeo MORE ran a smear campaign against her to get her removed. She was recalled from her position last year.

NPR has stood behind Kelly.