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President Donald Trump responded on Friday to an alleged recording from indicted Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas in which Trump said he wanted to get rid of U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch by noting that he has every legal right to fire any ambassador that he wants.

Trump made the remarks during an interview on Fox News on Laura Ingraham’s “The Ingraham Angle” with contributor Raymond Arroyo.

“ABC News is reporting a recording of Lev Parnas, another Rudy Giuliani affiliate and you, purportedly, at the Trump Hotel from April of 2018 where you were quoted as saying of Marie Yovanovitch, the Ukrainian Ambassador, ‘get rid of her, take her out – okay, do it,’” Arroyo said. “Were you relying on Lev Parnas to get rid of your ambassador?”

“No, but I have a lot of people, and you know, he’s somebody that, I guess, based on pictures that I see, goes to fundraisers,” Trump responded. “But I am not a fan of that ambassador, just so you understand. From what I understand, and I heard this a long time ago – she wouldn’t put my picture up. She was an Obama appointee, I believe, and she wouldn’t put my picture up.”

“But were you telling Parnas to get rid of her?” Arroyo asked. “I mean, you have a State Department.”

“Well, I wouldn’t have been saying that. I probably would have said – it was Rudy there, or somebody – but I make no bones about it, I want to have ambassadors – I have every right, I want ambassadors that are chosen by me,” Trump responded. “I have a right to hire and fire ambassadors, and that’s a very important thing.”

Trump’s remarks were correct as former President Barack Obama got rid of all of George W. Bush’s politically appointed ambassadors; Yovanovitch was appointed by Obama in 2016.

The Washington Post reported in December 2008:

The incoming Obama administration has notified all politically-appointed ambassadors that they must vacate their posts as of Jan. 20, the day President-elect Barack Obama takes the oath of office, a State Department official said.

Political ambassadors sometimes are permitted to stay on briefly during a new administration, but the sweeping nature of the directive suggests that Obama has little interest in retaining any of Bush’s ambassadorial appointees.

“But even if you look at the conversation I had with the president [of Ukraine], he didn’t like her – because in there, he didn’t like her,” Trump continued. “I will tell you right now, I feel strongly that this is somebody that shouldn’t be with us. She wasn’t popular even in the country. And the new president who ran on a corruption –”


  • Mary says:

    Yovanovitch is corrupt and receiving back door cash

    Investigate Yovanovitch, audit her bank accounts, I’m sure you’ll find money from American hard earned money sitting in her bank accounts

    • Dean Perry says:

      Yes and that money from America is called a PAYCHECK!!!!!!!!!!!
      She is FAR from being corrupt and you are a LIAR! Proud of yourself???

      • wanda says:

        You have no idea!

      • Matt says:

        Dean, stop it.

      • Q says:

        Dean, I’ve got 2 words for you, nut bag & they fit you perfectly!!

      • Michael says:

        YOU are calling someone else a liar, Dean! HA! That’s rich! You and that idiot, Proud Patriot are two of the biggest liars here! Are you proud of yourself? Probably, because you’re not just a liar, you’re a fucking idiot too! Anyone who’s ever read any of your posts can immediately see it, but just in case anyone had any doubts, you continue to prove it over and over again, every time you open your mouth. Your stupidity has made you delusional as well, because you actually believe your own bullshit! Get lost, you fucking loser!

  • Matt says:

    Not only was she a political appointee she was also a crappy political appointee.

    Refusing to have the photograph of the current President in the embassy was an embarrassment to the State Department and also her own self because it was a clear message that she didn’t believe that President Trump was the legitimate President.

    She should have been fired for that alone.

    • Evangeline says:

      Yes, and she tried to block the UK investigation so it’s apparent she was protecting the left and she was verbally trashing Trump behind his back. When Obama took office in 2008 he fired all Bush’s ambassadors but that was just fine with everyone including Dean Perry. What a hypocrite he is.

  • Keith Foster says:

    He had every single right to shitcan that skank, without reason or explanation.

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