In an interview that aired on Fox News on Friday, President Donald Trump defended his decision to fire former U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch after an old audio recording surfaced in which he is heard demanding her removal from her diplomatic post in Ukraine.
“I am not a fan of that ambassador,” Trump told Fox, according to CNBC. “She wouldn’t put my picture up. She was an Obama appointee. I make no bones about it. I have every right — I want ambassadors that are chosen by me. I have a right to hire and fire ambassadors.”
The president was referencing the fact that it is customary for American embassies, federal courthouses, and other government buildings to display a photo of the sitting president, something that Trump claims Yovanovitch declined to do in Kyiv.
Irrelevant to impeachment
Besides the fact that Trump is 100% correct with regard to his right to fire any ambassador he wants, for any reason at all, impeachment-obsessed Democrats who are now crowing over the leaked audio are conveniently ignoring the fact that the conversation it documents occurred in April of 2018.
Yovanovitch was finally ordered to leave her post in Ukraine in April 2019, which is also when Joe Biden announced his presidential candidacy.
Those two facts taken together reveal that the firing of Yovanovitch was sought by the president long before the Ukraine controversy ever took shape and had nothing to do with the Democrats’ stated reasons for pursuing impeachment — namely, that Trump abused his power by conditioning U.S. aid to Ukraine on an agreement to launch investigations into a political rival.
In April of 2018, Biden wasn’t even officially a candidate for the Democratic nomination, so it is certainly a stretch to suggest that Trump’s expressed wish to fire Yovanovitch was linked to an alleged desire to harm a political opponent in advance of the 2020 election.
It is worth noting that in 2008, then-president-elect Barack Obama ordered all ambassadors appointed by President George W. Bush to submit their resignations to be effective by the time of his inauguration in January 2009, according to Breitbart.
In the audio at issue, Trump can be heard saying: “Get rid of her! Get her out tomorrow. I don’t care. Get her out tomorrow. Take her out. Okay? Do it.”
Those comments were made after Lev Parnas, a former associate of Trump personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, said to the president: “The biggest problem, where you need to start is we got to get rid of the ambassador, she’s still left over from the Clinton administration. She’s basically walking around telling everyone ‘wait, he’s going to get impeached.’”
The mainstream media establishment clearly views this as another “gotcha” moment in their never-ending crusade to oust Trump from office.
In reality, however, all it really does is reveal that Trump was clearly justified in dismissing a diplomat he believed to be undermining him while serving abroad — not that he even needed a reason.