Marie Yovanovitch: former ambassador warns of ‘amoral’ U.S. foreign policy

Elias Hubbard
February 14, 2020

The former United States ambassador who was a key figure in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial criticised U.S. foreign policy on Wednesday as "amoral" and based on threats.

"We need a vigorous Department of State, but right now the State Department is in trouble", Yovanovitch said as she was accepting a Trainor Award for "Excellence in the Conduct of Diplomacy" at Georgetown University.

Marie Yovanovitch, the recently retired USA diplomat who testified during House impeachment against President Trump following her abrupt removal as ambassador to Ukraine, will receive an award Wednesday at Georgetown University for her diplomacy service. 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'.

Yovanovitch, who was recalled from her post earlier this year and became a central witness in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, also cautioned that senior leaders at the State Department "lack policy vision, moral clarity and leadership skills" and that "an amoral, "keep them guessing" foreign policy that substitutes threats, fear and confusion for trust can not work". The Republican-majority Senate acquitted Trump this month.

Previous recipients include Madeleine Albright and Kofi Annan.

Giuliani later said in a series of interviews that he forced her out of her post and provided the president with information that showed she impeded investigations that could have helped Trump.

Yovanovitch was abruptly recalled from Kyiv in May 2019 and became a central figure in the House's impeachment inquiry into President Trump amid revelations that figures including Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko conducted a campaign against her alleging that she was working to undermine the Trump administration.

Trump publicly criticized her as she testified, saying on Twitter that 'everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad.

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