Published: Sat, February 15, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump Contradicts Himself; Admits To Entire Ukraine Scam

Trump Contradicts Himself; Admits To Entire Ukraine Scam

Former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch received the 2020 J. Raymond "Jit" Trainor Award for Excellence in the Conduct of Diplomacy at a February 12 event in Gaston Hall.

Trump's previous denials got here in November, when the Home of Representatives was investigating the President's conduct with Ukraine.

Emboldened after his impeachment acquittal, President Donald Trump now openly admits to sending his attorney Rudy Giuliani to Ukraine to find damaging information about his political opponents, even though he strongly denied it during the impeachment inquiry. "I'm not one of those people that think that all news is good news, but with all the focus on Ukraine, it has meant that there is continuous bipartisan support for a strong Ukrainian policy", Yovanovitch said.

Much of her remarks referred obliquely to the challenges State Department professionals now face, from reduced staffs and budgets, low morale, and accusations by the Trump administration that many government professionals are part of the president has called the "deep state" working against his administration.

The Republican-majority Senate acquitted Trump in recent weeks on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress for his attempt to leverage withheld military aid in exchange a manufactured scandal to smear the Bidens.

Sen Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a noticeable Trump fan, claimed Attorney General William Barr informed him there would certainly be an "intake process" for info from Giuliani on the head of state's political challengers.

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After her departure from Kyiv, Trump withheld almost $400 million in USA security assistance to Ukraine. "That's the sound of institutions of the global order straining under the tremendous pressure they've been put under", she said.

Yovanovitch was given a standing ovation by an audience of students and diplomats.

In a recent op-ed in The Washington Post she called it an honor to represent the United States as an immigrant to the country and defended her decision, and that of other senior officials, to speak up to Congress about what they saw as wrongdoing by the administration.

"We need to re-empower our diplomats to do their job". Yet, in a almost 34-year career at the State Department, she received a series of promotions under both Republican and Democratic administrations, with positions that included ambassador to Kyrgyzstan and Armenia. Yovanovitch was introduced by Thomas Pickering, a former undersecretary of state and ambassador to Russian Federation and the United Nations.

"It's a little like going to your own funeral", Yovanovitch said.

"It sounds so old-fashioned in our high-tech world, but diplomacy is about human interaction, and creating relationships of trust is more important than ever", she said. "We need public servants and diplomats when times are great". "In that regard, her courage in coming forward, her being the first to testify in the house, her dignity on the platform through long periods of stressful questioning was a remarkable example of bravery, not just intellectually but physically".

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