It began when Pompeo gave an early morning interview to NPR radio.
"I've defended every single person on this team", Pompeo said to Kelly.
A July 25, 2019 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is at the center of the trial. Chaired by New York Democrat Eliot Engel, the committee said Kelly provided Pompeo multiple chances to defend Yovanovitch, but he chose to end the interview.
Pompeo then asked his advisers to bring out a map of the world without the countries labeled, to prove that Kelly knew where Ukraine was located.More news: Pakistan threaten to skip T20 World Cup in India
The State Department has not returned a request for comment. The secretary has been accused of failing to protect Yovanovitch from a smear campaign spearheaded by Giuliani and has responded vaguely to allegations that the ambassador was under surveillance and her safety at risk by a Giuliani associate.
The transcript of the interview showed that Pompeo wasn't prepared to talk about Ukraine and ex-US Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch. "I've defended every single person on this team", Pompeo replied.
"He used the F-word in that sentence and many others", Kelly said, describing a rant in the room where the notoriously thin-skinned former Republican congressman had called her.
After his Ukraine trip, Pompeo will head to Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan, where he will meet the leaders of each country.
Kelly said she had informed Pompeo's aides that she would ask also about Ukraine, and posed several questions, including whether Pompeo owed an apology to Yovanovitch, who testified past year in the House impeachment inquiry about her ouster.More news: The Bodies Of Three Children Discovered In Newcastle, Dublin
"Can you point me towards your remarks where you have defended Marie Yovanovitch?".
She said she thanked the secretary, who did not reply but leaned in and glared at her before leaving the room. Kelly said she pointed at Ukraine on the map, but Pompeo grabbed the map before turning away from Kelly and stating that he had other things to do.
"Do you think Americans care about Ukraine?"
In June 2018, when asked whether the statement about denuclearisation signed by Trump and Kim Jong-un at a summit in Singapore would be verified by weapons inspectors, Pompeo became angry telling a reporter: "I find that question insulting and ridiculous and, frankly, ludicrous".
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