Trump questions why NPR exists after Pompeo clashes with reporter

President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Trump-Biden debate clash The Memo: Debate or debacle? Democrats rip Trump for not condemning white supremacists, Proud Boys at debate 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 LevinRush Limbaugh rips 'The Rock' for Biden endorsement: 'Sold his soul to China' Mark Levin rips 'The Rock' for Biden endorsement: 'Self-righteous egomaniac' Pompeo blasts media coverage of Trump foreign policy 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 PompeoUse of 'China virus' led to spike in anti-Asian bias: study China's actions present several potential debate questions The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by JobsOhio - Showdown: Trump-Biden debate likely to be nasty 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 YovanovitchGrand jury adds additional counts against Giuliani associates Lev Parnas and and Igor Fruman Strzok: Trump behaving like an authoritarian Powell backs Biden at convention as Democrats rip Trump on security MORE when the president’s personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiBiden, Trump clash at vicious, ugly debate Voters split on whether Trump, Biden will win first debate: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by JobsOhio - Trump's tax return bombshell MORE ran a smear campaign against her to get her removed. She was recalled from her position last year.

NPR has stood behind Kelly.