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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is slamming a reporter over the handling of coverage of his wife’s alleged COVID -19 diagnosis.
In a series of tweets Thursday, the nation’s top diplomat refuted a now-deleted post which claimed that he and wife Susan Pompeo had attended a State Department holiday party one day before testing positive.
“My wife and I did not attend any State Department nor White House holiday parties — your statement is patently FALSE,” Pompeo wrote. “This isn’t journalism and it’s worse than gossip — it’s unethical and potentially unlawful. Stay tuned.”
After Bloomberg reporter Nicholas Wadhams took down the tweet, Pompeo posted a screenshot along with a message reading, “Good to see this tweet — with patently false information — was deleted. I won’t hold my breath for an apology.”
In the Bloomberg report, published Thursday, the outlet alleged that Pompeo’s better half had tested positive for the novel virus earlier this month, forcing her husband to enter quarantine after exposure to the virus.
The outlet also stated that is was not clear if the secretary of state’s wife had attended any State Department holiday parties.
The secretary of state, a former CIA director and Kansas congressman, is known to have a penchant for hosting events and dinners at the department.
Pompeo announced his self-isolation plans last Wednesday. The department did not say who had exposed him at the time, only noting that Pompeo himself had tested negative.
His public schedule for that week included a plans to host a reception on Tuesday for families of US diplomats.
That reception, which earned the department criticism for inviting 900 people to an indoor gathering, saw only 70 people attend. Pompeo was not present.
After announcing his quarantine, the department canceled the last remaining holiday gathering planned.
Reached for comment by Fox News, the department’s Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale decried the leak of Mrs. Pompeo’s alleged COVID status.
“Unfortunately, over the last few years I have seen a persistent culture of leaks arising from some of my colleagues, which I find unacceptable. No one’s health status should be discussed in the media through anonymously sourced leaks, and I am incredibly disappointed that some of my colleagues have chosen to violate the privacy every individual deserves as it relates to their medical status.”
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