Real-time attack by Trump ‘very intimidating’, says ousted US envoy

A former US envoy has said she found it “very intimidating” that Donald Trump was attacking her on Twitter as she testified at the impeachment inquiry into the president.

Marie Yovanovitch also said her abrupt removal as US ambassador to the Ukraine by the White House in May played into the hands of “shady interests the world over”.

And she told the Democrat-led investigation that previous comments made by the president in a phone call to Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskiythat “she’s going to go through some things”, “sounded like a threat”.

Marie Yovanovitch testifies during the second public hearings held by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
Image:Marie Yovanovitch says her removal played into the hands of ‘shady interests the world over’

As the career diplomat gave evidence to the hearing, Mr Trump lashed out at her, writing in a tweet: “Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad. She started off in Somalia, how did that go?”

Asked by the Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff for her reaction to the tweet, displayed on a screen in the room, Ms Yovanovitch said it was “very intimidating”.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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