Donald Trump Attacked Former Ambassador to Ukraine During Her Public Impeachment Testimony
Type: Disdain for Rule of LawNov 15 2019 Severity: Targeted: ImpeachmentAbout: Ukraine
Donald Trump attacked Marie Yovanovitch, the former Ambassador to Ukraine he fired after pressure from Rudy Giuliani and other questionable actors from Ukraine, while she was being questioned in a public impeachment hearing being held by the House Intelligence Committee. Trump blasted Yovanovitch, a career diplomat who had some of the most difficult assignments in the world, for turning everywhere she was assigned "bad." He went on to rant that he had the "absolute right to appoint ambassadors" because they serve "at the pleasure of the President."
Quote | A number of Democrats accused Donald of "witness intimidation."
"Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad. She started off in Somalia, how did that go? Then fast forward to Ukraine, where the new Ukrainian President spoke unfavorably about her in my second phone call with him. It is a U.S. President’s absolute right to appoint ambassadors. They call it “serving at the pleasure of the President.” The U.S. now has a very strong and powerful foreign policy, much different than proceeding administrations. It is called, quite simply, America First! With all of that, however, I have done FAR more for Ukraine than O."
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