Russian Foreign Minister Rebukes Andrea Mitchell: ‘Who Was Giving You Your Manners?’

By Chris Ariens 

NBC’s chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell was chided by Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov during his meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Moscow today.

“Who was bringing you up? Who was giving you your manners?” Lavrov is heard saying to Mitchell as she tried to ask a question.

MSNBC has used Mitchell’s previous attempts to get Tillerson to answer her questions as a promotional tool for their This Is Who We Are campaign.

Mitchell has covered presidents going back to Reagan, and the State Department since 1994. In an interview earlier this week she said that covering the Trump administration is like nothing she’s experienced before. “I have never seen anything like this where people just flat-out lie. It’s really disconcerting to see the podium in the White House briefing room being used to mislead or misdirect or obfuscate.”

At a news conference later, carried on the cable news networks, Mitchell was in the front row, but not called on. CBS News’s Margaret Brennan was one of three U.S. reporters who got a question.


Update: Mitchell responds to what happened at that meeting: “My colleague [Washington Post reporter] Carol Morello was the brave journalist who started asking questions. 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.”