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Trump Criticizes Ex-Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch as She Testifies to Congress

President Donald Trump railed against Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, as she testified to the House Intelligence Committee in the second open impeachment hearing on Nov. 15.

“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,” Trump said in a statement posted on Twitter.

“It is a U.S. Presidents 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.”

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. Presidents absolute right to appoint ambassadors.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2019

….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.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2019

Yovanovitch testified in a closed-door hearing on Oct. 11 before appearing in public on Friday. According to a transcript released by House Democrats, she told lawmakers she wasnt “disloyal to President Trump” and also denied helping the Hillary Clinton campaign or harming the Trump campaign.

“Although I understand, everyone understands, that I served at the pleasure of the President, I was nevertheless incredulous that the U.S. Government chose to remove an ambassador based, as far as I can tell, on unfounded and false claims by people with clearly questionable motives,” she said, referring to her ouster about a year before she was slated to end her time in Ukraine. She claimed the State Department has been “attacked and hollowed out from within.”

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