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White House reporter @voxdotcom for national security and foreign policy. Host #WorldlyPodcast. Tips: 508-904-1939, alex.ward@vox.com, or DMs.
12 Jan
NEW: Per knowledgable source, VOA's White House senior correspondent Patsy Widakuswara was removed from her post after trying to ask @SecPompeo questions today, and later confronting VOA Director Reilly about the Pompeo session and lack of real questions.

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Here’s Widakuswara asking Pompeo questions earlier today.

Source says she was supposed to be the radio pooler on AF1 tomorrow, but was just told not to go.

Reaching out to Widakuswara and USAGM for comment.

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As @lrozen reminds, @SecPompeo is scheduled to speak at the @PressClubDC on Tuesday. 3/3
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11 Jan
Some of the details I'm learning about this AM's Yemen call are wild. A short thread.

1) "You need to stop f***ing lying to Congress." That's what one participant said to Trump admin briefers when wouldn't answer why no briefings earlier.

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2) Congressional staff asked USAID officials on the call what the FTO designation would mean for Yemeni kids. They said it would be a disaster and catastrophic.

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3) Briefers also admitted that Trump admin is nowhere near coming up with the waivers to allow humanitarian orgs to help Yemenis in need.

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