Months after the US Ambassador to Ukraine was unexpectedly recalled from her post, President Donald Trump disparaged the career diplomat in a call with his Ukrainian counterpart, a White House transcript released on Wednesday revealed.
Trump’s comments about Marie Yovanovitch – a member of his own country’s diplomatic corps – are a stunning breach of norms, former officials say, and lend credence to the claim that her early departure from the post was politically motivated.
“The former ambassador from the United States, the woman, was bad news and the people she was dealing with in the Ukraine were bad news so I just want to let you know that,” Donald Trump told Volodymyr Zelensky in a July 25 call, according to a White House transcript released Wednesday.
Zelensky, who was elected in April 2019, echoed the US President’s sentiment, saying “I agree with you 100%.”
“She’s going to go through some things,” Trump added.
‘One of the best’
Yovanovitch, a career member of the foreign service and who has served in ambassadorships under three presidents, was sworn in as ambassador to Ukraine in August 2016.
“It is so unprofessional of the President to do that – to throw a US government employee under the bus, someone as distinguished as Ambassador Yovanovitch is,” retired US Ambassador Nicholas Burns told CNN Wednesday. Burns, who served in the US government for nearly t