EU Amb. Sondland fired hours after Lt. Col. Vindman dismissed

FILE – In this Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, file photo, then-U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, during a public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump’s efforts to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

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UPDATED 6:05 PM PT — Friday, February 7, 2020

The Trump administration has fired the Ambassador to the European Union. Gordon Sondland was dismissed from his position on Friday, hot on the heels of Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, who was removed from the White House earlier in the day.

Both officials testified against the president during the impeachment trial.

Sondland had claimed there was a quid pro quo between President Trump and Ukrainian President Zelensky. He suggested the president sought to exchange “military aid for an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden.”

“Secretary Perry, Ambassador Volker and I worked with Mr. Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine matters at the express direction of the President of the United States. We did not want to work with Mr. Giuliani. Simply put, we were playing the hand we were dealt. We all understood that if we refused to work with Mr. Giuliani, we would lose a very important opportunity to cement relations between the United States and Ukraine. So we followed the president’s orders.” – Gordon Sondland, former U.S. Ambassador to the EU

FILE – In this Nov. 20, 2019, file photo then-U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland is sworn in to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, during a public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump’s efforts to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Sondland responded to his removal by saying he was “grateful for his opportunity to serve.”

He is expected to continue working at the State Department.

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