Secretary of State Pompeo refuses to defend former ambassador Marie Yovanovitch

Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, during the second public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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UPDATED 6:40 AM PT — Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is refusing to defend former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch over her questionable role in the impeachment process.

“I’m happy to talk about Ukraine policy,” he stated. “I’m not going to get into the issues surrounding the Democrat impeachment inquiry.”

Pompeo went on to say ambassador William Taylor, who replaced Yovanovitch, conducted a more appropriate policy towards Ukraine. This comes after President Trump and Ukrainian officials criticized Yovanovitch and her work.

“We reversed the massive failures of the Obama administration’s policy towards Ukraine, which truly did risk the lives of Ukrainian people and allowed Vladimir Putin to take Crimea,” Pompeo explained. “The State Department’s doing a fantastic job, I think we’ve delivered in a way that the Obama administration has not delivered on Ukraine.”

The U.S. secretary of state is now highlighting strong support for Ukraine by the Trump administration.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a news conference at the State Department in Washington, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. Pompeo spoke about Iran, Iraq, Israeli settlements in the West Bank, protests in Hong Kong, and Bolivia, among other topics. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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