Fox News host knocks Pompeo for attack on NPR host: 'Don't be such a baby!'

Fox News host Steve Hilton called Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPompeo to speak to influential Iowa GOP group Giuliani worked for Dominican Republic candidate amid Ukraine efforts: report Pompeo, foreign partners condemn Russian cyberattack on country of Georgia MORE a "baby" and a "bully" Sunday night after the secretary of State reportedly lashed out at an NPR host.

"Secretary of State Mike Pompeo got into an ugly dust up with an NPR reporter this week and I've got something I want to get off my chest," Hilton said on his program, "The Next Revolution."

"First, I want to make clear I'm a big fan of the secretary. I appreciate his tough stand on many issues, not least China," Hilton said.


"I listen to NPR a lot and I can tell you that Mary Louise Kelly is one of the very few hosts on there who actually seems fair and is not totally biased against President TrumpDonald John TrumpChasten Buttigieg: 'I've been dealing with the likes of Rush Limbaugh my entire life' Lawmakers paint different pictures of Trump's 'opportunity zone' program We must not turn our heads from the effects of traumatic brain injuries MORE," the host later said.

"For goodness sake, Mr. Secretary, don't be such a baby. You should be able to handle tough questions by now, and don't be such a bully. Foul-mouth ranting at a reporter doing her job is an embarrassment to you and the administration," Hilton, a former director of strategy for former British Prime Minister David Cameron, added. "You should apologize and people will think much more of you if you do."

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly said Pompeo became so frustrated with questioning about whether he defended former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie YovanovitchMarie YovanovitchThe Hill's review of John Solomon's columns on Ukraine Democrats worried about Trump's growing strength Congress looks to strengthen hand in State Department following impeachment MORE before she was fired that he began swearing at Kelly after their interview concluded. 

"Do you think Americans care about Ukraine?" Pompeo also reportedly asked before questioning Kelly if she could identify Ukraine on a map.


Pompeo, meanwhile, accused Kelly of lying to him about the parameters around their post-interview conversation, and described the incident as "shameful."

"NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly lied to me, twice. First, last month, in setting up our interview and, then again yesterday, in agreeing to have our post-interview conversation off the record," he said in a statement. "It is shameful that this reporter chose to violate the basic rules of journalism and decency."

"This is another example of how unhinged the media has become in its quest to hurt President Trump and this Administration. It is no wonder that the American people distrust many in the media when they so consistently demonstrate their agenda and their absence of integrity."

Pompeo replaced former Exxon Mobil Chairman and CEO Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonTrump lashes out over Kelly criticism: 'He misses the action' Timeline: Trump and Romney's rocky relationship Top Democrat demands Barr recuse himself from case against Turkish bank MORE as secretary of State in April 2018.