Linda Ronstadt said some strong words to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during the Kennedy Center Honors State Department dinner on Saturday (December 7).
Introducing her to the audience, Pompeo congratulated the singer-songwriter and joked aloud when he would be loved, a reference to Ronstadt's hit "When Will I Be Loved." In response, the 73-year-old singer said to Pompeo: "Maybe when you stop activating Donald Trump."
The clumsy conversation was tweeted by Sam Greisman, the son of Oscar-winning actress and Kennedy Center Honors roommate Sally Field. "Linda Ronstadt got up to receive laurels, looked her in the eye and said," Maybe when you stop enabling Donald Trump. "Icon," he wrote.
A source present at the interaction confirms Ronstadt's comments to Billboard.
Ronstadt will be honored Sunday night (December 8) at the 42nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors Gala in Washington, DC. Other honorees include Earth, Wind and Fire; conductor Michael Tilson Thomas; and the longtime children's TV show "Sesame Street."
The event hosted by LL Cool J will air on CBS on December 15th.
President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will not attend Sunday's event, marking the third year they refused to appear, the Washing Post. reports
At the State Department dinner for Kennedy Center honorees, Mike Pompeo wondered aloud when he would be "loved." Then Linda Ronstadt got up to earn laurels, looked right in the eye and said "maybe when you stop activating Donald Trump". Icon.
– sam greisman (@SAMGREIS) December 8, 2019