CNN asked President Trump whether he believed the top diplomat in Ukraine Bill Taylor’s testimony. Trump would not answer the question, but referred to Taylor as a “Never Trumper”.
“The problem is — here’s the problem — he’s a Never Trumper and his lawyer’s a Never Trumper,” Trump started.
CNN then asked why his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hired Taylor, to which Trump responded: “Everybody makes mistakes. Mike Pomepo. Everybody makes mistakes.”
“He’s a Never Trumper — his lawyers the head of the Never Trumpers — they’re a dying breed but their still there.”
In a closed-door deposition Tuesday, Taylor said he had been told by Gordon Sondland, the US ambassador to the European Union, that "everything" Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky wanted, including a White House meeting and military aid to the country, would be held up until he publicly declared investigations sought by Trump.
Taylor's statement undercut the White House's defense that there had been no quid pro quo offered on the call, as well as Sondland's previous testimony to Congress, but it corroborated many of the claims made by the intelligence community whistleblower whose complaint prompted the impeachment inquiry.