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
Sondland responded to his removal by saying he was “grateful for his opportunity to serve.”
#BREAKING on @OANN: U.S. Ambassador to the EU, Gordon Sondland, releases a statement regarding the President's intent to recall him from his post.
"I am proud of our accomplishments. Our work here has been the highlight of my career." #OANN pic.twitter.com/G0XtcgUayP
— Adonis Albright (@AdonisAlbright) February 8, 2020
He is expected to continue working at the State Department.