Tillerson Grins and Chuckles When Russian Minister Scolds Liberal Reporter

Rex Tillerson / AP


UPDATE: Thursday, 12:40 p.m.: This article originally stated NBC's Andrea Mitchell was the reporter in question, but Mitchell has told the Washington Free Beacon it was Washington Post reporter Carol Morello.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson seemed to take enjoyment in a confrontation between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and a reporter shouting out questions on Wednesday. Lavrov questioned the reporter on her "manners" at the beginning of a meeting between Lavrov and Tillerson.


As the diplomats walked into the room, the reporter asked, "Mr. Secretary, the Russians don't believe the intelligence. How confident are you, Mr. Secretary—"

"Who was bringing you up? Who was giving you your manners?" Lavrov responded.

Tillerson could be seen grinning and chuckling during the awkward exchange.

While the reporter was identified in tweets and videos as NBC's Andrea Mitchell, Mitchell told the Washington Free Beacon that the reporter in question was Carol Morello of the Washington Post.

"My colleague Carol Morello was the brave journalist who started asking questions," she said. "Lavrov was looking right at her. I was on the opposite side of the room, behind him, out of sight. Perhaps I was a convenient foil, but I'm pretty sure I wasn't his target."

Nick Bolger

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Nick Bolger is a Media Analyst for the Washington Free Beacon. He is from southern Michigan. Nick graduated from Miami University with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science in 2015.

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