Ousted ambassador calls US diplomacy 'amoral'

14 Février, 2020, 09:39 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testifies November 15 before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Marie Yovanovitch was expected to accept the Trainor Award from the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University in a ceremony Wednesday, making her first public appearance since testifying before Congress in the impeachment proceedings.

A recently retired US diplomat whose abrupt removal by President Trump from her post as ambassador to Ukraine became a focus of the impeachment hearings is receiving an award for "excellence" in the conduct of diplomacy. Despite Yovanovitch's reputation as a well-respected diplomat by her peers, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo refused to defend her amid Trump and Giuliani's attacks. 'Senior leaders lack policy vision, moral clarity and leadership skills'.

"To be blunt, an amoral, "keep-em-guessin" foreign policy that substitutes threats, fear and confusion for trust can not work over the long haul", Yovanovitch said.

Trump past year disparaged Yovanovitch in a telephone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky which was the center of his impeachment for abuse of power.

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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. The Republican-majority Senate acquitted Trump this month.

In October, Yovanovitch testified to Congress that she was recalled due to "unfounded and false claims by people with clearly questionable motives".

The reversal came Thursday in a podcast interview Trump did with journalist Geraldo Rivera, who asked, "Was it unusual to send Rudy Giuliani to Ukraine, your personal lawyer?"

In her first public remarks since leaving the United States foreign service two weeks ago, Yovanovitch said that the Trump administration's handling of foreign policy risked alienating allies and driving them into the arms of other partners they find more reliable.

Previous recipients include Madeleine Albright and Kofi Annan.

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