Linda Ronstadt Calls Out Mike Pompeo for 'Enabling Trump' at Kennedy Center Honors Dinner

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Honoree Linda Ronstadt attends the 42nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors at Kennedy Center Hall of States on Dec. 8, 2019 in Washington, D.C. 

Linda Ronstadt had some strong words for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during the Kennedy Center Honors State Department dinner on Saturday (Dec. 7).   

When 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 told Pompeo, "Maybe when you stop enabling Donald Trump."  

The awkward exchange was tweeted about by Sam Greisman, the son of Oscar-winning actress and fellow Kennedy Center Honors recipient Sally Field. "Linda Ronstadt got up to get laurels, looked the f---er right in the eye and said 'maybe when you stop enabling Donald Trump.' Icon," he wrote.

A source who was present for the interaction confirms Ronstadt's comments to Billboard.

Ronstadt will be honored Sunday evening (Dec. 8) at the 42nd annual Kennedy Center Honors gala in Washington, D.C. Other honorees include Earth, Wind and Fire; conductor Michael Tilson Thomas; and the long-running children’s TV show "Sesame Street."

The LL Cool J-hosted event will be broadcast on CBS on Dec. 15.

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump will not attend Sunday’s event, marking the third year they have declined to appear, the Washing Post reports