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.
Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad. She started off in Somalia, how did that go? Then fast forward to Ukraine, where the new Ukrainian President spoke unfavorably about her in my second phone call with him. It is a U.S. President’s absolute right to appoint ambassadors.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2019
“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.