Video ‘shows Trump calling for Ukraine ambassador to be fired’

Video has emerged which appears to show Donald Trump ordering the dismissal of the US ambassador to Ukraine in 2018 – a year before she was fired.

In the footage, obtained by Reuters, Mr Trump can be heard saying “Get rid of her! Get her out tomorrow” – referring to former ambassador Marie Yovanovitch during a dinner at the Trump Hotel in April 2018.

He adds: “I don’t care. Get her out tomorrow. Take her out. Ok? Do it.”

Former US ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch
Image:Former US ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch

The 83-minute video, which was first reported by ABC News, was reportedly released to the media by a lawyer for Lev Parnas, an associate of Mr Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

It comes after the Democrat leading the impeachment case against Mr Trump described a tweet sent by the US president as a threat against him.

Mark Gibson

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

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