President Donald Trump on Tuesday praised Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for bullying and berating NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly, who last week infuriated Pompeo by asking him basic questions about Ukraine and the ongoing impeachment trial.

“That reporter couldn’t have done too good a job on you,” Trump said during a press conference in the White House held with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “Think you did a good job on her, actually.”

Pompeo smiled and laughed along with the audience as Trump rambled on about rumors that the secretary of state is planning a Senate run.

“They all want him to,” the president said. “Kansas, great state.”

Trump’s remarks, and the laughter they provoked, were met with disgust.

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“Congrats to all of those in the audience laughing along to attacks on the free press,” tweeted Georgetown professor Don Moynihan.

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