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Fox & Friends Host Asks Mike Pompeo if He Was Victim of ‘Bullying’ After Group Rescinded Award

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was set to receive a humanitarian award for his efforts to free political prisoners. Instead, the award was rescinded. And one Fox & Friends host suggested Friday that it may have been an act of bullying.

In an interview with Pompeo, Fox’s Ainsley Earhardt (in a moment flagged by Bobby Lewis of Media Matters) asked the secretary about the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation’s decision to pull the award.

“You got this award, it was the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation Award, for freeing these hostages. And then they decided to revoke the award,” Earhardt said. “Is that bullying? How’d you feel about that?”

Pompeo asserted that pressure from “media partners” caused the foundation to pull the award — a claim put forth by the Washington Examiner columnist Paul Bedard, who, in an opinion piece, cited sources saying keynote speaker Christiane Amanpour of CNN was among those who objected.

“It sounds like some in the media, who are underwriting this event, sponsors for the event said, ‘If Pompeo’s there, we won’t be,'” the secretary said.

“They took it away from you because they wanted to sell more tables?!” Steve Doocy lamented.

Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade added: “The reason they do it, they do not think you’ve been strong enough with Saudi Arabia about the murder of Khashoggi.”

Update: the Foundation released a statement on Friday saying they rescinded Pompeo’s award because of the administration’s response to the murder of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi.

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