FILE - In this file photo dated Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Ukrainian police said Thursday Jan. 16, 2020, they have opened an investigation into the possibility that former ambassador Yovanovitch came under illegal surveillance before she was recalled from her post in US. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, FILE)
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Diplomat ousted and slammed by Trump gets diplomacy award

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A recently retired U.S. diplomat whose abrupt removal by President Donald 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.

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.

Past recipients have included former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo and former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Yovanovitch was a highly regarded career foreign service officer when Rudy Giuliani, serving as Trump's personal lawyer, led a campaign against her as he sought to push Ukrainian officials to help him in his reelection campaign.

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, who was removed from her post in May 2019 with no public explanation, testified to Congress that she had pressed the Ukrainian government to address long-standing U.S. concerns about corruption and described a “concerted campaign" against her based on “unfounded and false claims by people with clearly questionable motives.”

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

In a nearly 34-year career at the State Department, she received a series of promotions under both Republican and Democratic administrations, with positions that included ambassador to Kyrgyzstan and Armenia.

In a recent op-ed in The Washington Post she called it an honor to represent the United States as an immigrant to the country and defended her decision, and that of other senior officials, to speak up to Congress about what they saw as wrongdoing by the administration.

“When civil servants in the current administration saw senior officials taking actions they considered deeply wrong in regard to the nation of Ukraine, they refused to take part,” she wrote. “When Congress asked us to testify about those activities my colleagues and I did not hesitate, even in the face of administration efforts to silence us.”

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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.

Giuliani's another thug Trump's paying to ensure he remains in office so the Trump syndicate's global business can continue to profit.

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How much have Trump's golf courses made when he goes there to play games of golf paid for by taxpayers.

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Yovanovitch was a highly regarded career foreign service officer when Rudy Giuliani, serving as Trump's personal lawyer, led a campaign against her as he sought to push Ukrainian officials to help him in his reelection campaign.

Pretty much sums it up.

PTownsend: How much have Trump's golf courses made when he goes there to play games of golf paid for by taxpayers.

Dunno, but WaPo is reporting that the Secret Service was forced to pay $650 a night to stay at Mar-a-Largo. But the good news is that Trump donates his salary, right?

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And look at the way Trump has attacked Lt. Col. Vindman, a decorated war hero.

Think about it, Trump the cowardly draft dodger attacking Lt. Col. Vindman the brave war hero.

Absolutely despicable. These people have no shame.

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Well done Madame Ambassador - thank you for a stellar 34 year career in service to your country.

Soon we'll clear the State Dept and the White House of the cowards and traitors that tried, unsuccessfully, to tarnish your reputation.

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she received a series of promotions under both Republican and Democratic administrations

I’d like to know how Trumpsters are going to square this with their belief that she’s a far left corrupt socialist.

On second thought, I already know the answer. Key words: swamp, global elite, Washington establishment, overturn results of 2016 election, duly elected president, take down this president, Hunter Biden, Steele dossier, Peter Strzok.

Wait for it ......

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Yesterday Trump has sacked another 70 Obama left overs. Democrats should be happy to have them a witness for the second impeachment saga. Trump will remove the mask of Soros children in the white house and the evil empire of Obama Clinton dynasty.

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She committed perjury when she said she turned down the visa for Viktor Shokin because of corruption.

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@serranoShe committed perjury 

I checked and Glenn Beck also said she committed 'perjury'. I can't hold my nose to see whether other alt right sources are saying the same thing, but have to wonder why the alt right Trump/Barr 'legal' system hasn't (single entity exclusively for the protection of their fellow 'elite') gone after her for doing so.

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She was also bad mouthing the president whilst ambassador to Ukraine.

The ambassador serves at the pleasure of the president. He wasn't pleased. End of story.

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Marie Yovanovitch failed to support the elected U.S. President, and the President's policies. Marie Yovanovitch failed to do her job. Therefore, Marie Yovanovitch lost her job. That is why it no longer matters what political claims Democrats are making, or who they chose to champion. Democrat claims are simply not very convincing.

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arrestpaulToday  12:26 pm JST

Marie Yovanovitch failed to support the elected U.S. President....

Would you support something you thought was unconstitutional, illegal or both?

...and the President's policies.

By "policies" you mean transparent, brazen efforts to solicit foreign aid in getting dirt on a political opponent to help get himself re-elected?

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well of course she would, its all part of #resistance.

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well of course she would, its all part of #resistance.

Whats your theory about that conspiracy?

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Parnas said this was all a con-job and smear dreamed up by Rudy

The man indicted trying to save his skin, the very same man that problems and a history of...wait for it...credibility...well, the impeachment farce is over anyway....

so she would get fired since she was blocking his attempts to get his sleazy buds and clients dirty deals in Ukraine - you know, corruption...

...or so the liberal contrived talking points go...somewhat.

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Marie Yovanovitch failed to support the elected U.S. President, and the President's policies. Marie Yovanovitch failed to do her job. Therefore, Marie Yovanovitch lost her job. That is why it no longer matters what political claims Democrats are making, or who they chose to champion. Democrat claims are simply not very convincing.

Bingo! Spot on and cutting through all the idiocy liberal hyperbole, that’s all there is to it

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The man indicted trying to save his skin, the very same man that problems and a history of...wait for it...credibility...well, the impeachment farce is over anyway....

A Donny supporter questioning anyone’s credibility is the height of intellectual dishonesty.

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She was also bad mouthing the president whilst ambassador to Ukraine.

The ambassador serves at the pleasure of the president. He wasn't pleased. End of story.

She and about 7 billion people around the world "bad mouth" this President daily.

She may have served at the pleasure of the President for 34 years, but only the current Despot President didn't like her loyalty to the USA.

Cant wait till Despot Donnie is out of the White house and in the Jail house where he belongs.

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Parnas said this was all a con-job and smear dreamed up by Rudy

The man indicted trying to save his skin, the very same man that problems and a history of...wait for it...credibility...well, the impeachment farce is over anyway....

Yep, he's a skunk - a given since he's Rudy's business partner and FOD (Friend of Donnie) - wonder how many more videos he has of them yucking it up together...

so she would get fired since she was blocking his attempts to get his sleazy buds and clients dirty deals in Ukraine - you know, corruption...

...or so the liberal contrived talking points go...somewhat.

Darn Fox News - handing out those contrived liberal talking points...

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-backs-legendary-giuliani-amid-reports-of-investigation-into-possible-lobbying-violations

Bingo! Spot on and cutting through all the idiocy liberal hyperbole, that’s all there is to it

So explain why your hero Barr has Rudy under investigation? We'll be waiting...

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If you haven’t figured it out yet, right and wrong are no longer issues. They have been replaced by pro-Trump and anti-Trump. If you are anti-Trump, you will have the full power of the US against you. If you are pro-Trump, you get a get out of jail free card.

This system has been used by corrupt petty crooks since the beginning of time. It works, for a while, anyway.

You can now expect an attempt to dissolve the department at Georgetown that gave out the award, and funding cuts to the university itself.

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No surprise that the establishment is giving an award to an ex US ambassador who was politicking for Hillary/ Democrats while on the job.

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A Donny supporter questioning anyone’s credibility is the height of intellectual dishonesty.

Says those who believed the dossier was real and not funded by Democrats and later used in an attempt to undermine the 2016 election.

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Says those who believed the dossier was real and not funded by Democrats and later used in an attempt to undermine the 2016 election.

That's an interesting theory you have on a conspiracy there.

Seems legit. Carry on.

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No surprise that the establishment is giving an award to an ex US ambassador who was politicking for Hillary/ Democrats while on the job.

Any actual evidence she was politicking for Hillary (she takes up a lot of space in your head)/Democrats? Just one iota will suffice to demonstrate you have any clue what you’re talking about.

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Peter14 - She may have served at the pleasure of the President for 34 years, but only the current Despot President didn't like her loyalty to the USA.

Cant wait till Despot Donnie is out of the White house and in the Jail house where he belongs.

She DID serve at the pleasure of the President. OTOH, you only have to wait five years until Trump won't be eligible to run for President again. Tick tock, tick tock.

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Strangerland - You've clearly never been a non-American out and about in the world.

When you're not American, people literally make fun of Trump every day, openly mocking him. I've seen it in too many countries to count now.

That's unbelievable.

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Strangerland - Your team destroyed any hope of honest discussions years ago, and you want to try to criticize ANYONE on the left for making unproductive comments?

Elected Democrats set the stage for unproductive government when they chose to begin their "resist" movement three years ago.

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arrestpaulToday 09:06 am JST

Strangerland - You've clearly never been a non-American out and about in the world.

When you're not American, people literally make fun of Trump every day, openly mocking him. I've seen it in too many countries to count now.

That's unbelievable.

No it's not. Your president is viewed as a crude, pig-ignorant, sub-literate, sexually abusing criminal fraudster and childish bully by billions of people all over the world.

Here's the Scottish comedian Frankie Boyle: https://youtu.be/IVYatqhph9g?t=286

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Scottish comedian? Seriously? That's the best you can do? Well, it is a step above what the CNN-types have been shoveling on to the foolish public.

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Scottish comedian? Seriously? That's the best you can do? Well, it is a step above what the CNN-types have been shoveling on to the foolish public.

It’s direct evidence that contradict your claim that it’s unbelievable non-Americans openly trash Donny.

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Scottish comedian? Seriously? That's the best you can do?

I think the idea is that Scottish comedians don't count because the accent is incompatible with 'real American English'.

But you don't have to be a paid comedian to make fun of Trump. The Impeached Orange Chosen One makes it all too easy.

That's unbelievable.

What's unbelievable is that a goodly proportion of the US population apparently think Trump isn't a figure of ridicule.

Invalid CSRF

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What's unbelievable is that a goodly proportion of the US population apparently think Trump isn'ta figure of ridicule

Too right.

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If we undermine the 2016 election of Trump, that would put Pence in power. Now if we could go back further in time, I could support that. If we could get a Republican like Eisenhower, we’d at least fix the interstate highways, and still have a sense of morality.

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Chip Star - It’s direct evidence that contradict your claim that it’s unbelievable non-Americans openly trash Donny.

That's not what I said.

2nd, comedians write jokes. Many times they have writers write jokes for them. The purpose of their jokes is to entertain a paying public. Some people chose to get their "news", or "facts" from people who are writing jokes instead of facts.

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Seems legit. Carry on.

There is hope for you.

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What's unbelievable is that a goodly proportion of the US population apparently think Trump isn'ta figure of ridicule

Ridicule all you want - meanwhile the retirement investments of Americans are ballooning in value and more and more conservative judges are being put on the bench every week. The ridicule of Lefty globalists are meaningless by comparison. Bring it on - it must make you feel better about Hillary’s loss. It’s the least I can do.

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arrestpaulToday 09:38 am JST

Scottish comedian? Seriously? That's the best you can do? Well, it is a step above what the CNN-types have been shoveling on to the foolish public

Well, that went right over your head, didn't it.

What's unbelievable is that a goodly proportion of the US population apparently think Trump isn't a figure of ridicule.

Yip. Frankie Boyle, love him or loathe him, is well-known as a scathing comedian but his utter contempt and total disdain for Trump is just a mirror of how people all over the world feel about your man. Nobody made jokes like that about Clinton or Obama and even the war criminal Bush 2 wasn't subject to such ridicule. You folks really must inhabit an alternative reality if you can't believe that Trump is an object of contempt for millions.

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She DID serve at the pleasure of the President. OTOH, you only have to wait five years until Trump won't be eligible to run for President again. Tick tock, tick tock.

Yep with further illegal foreign assistance and interference Trump may indeed manage to get another term to continue to demolish America and its little remaining international credibility.

After which he will need to flee America or face life in prison for his numerous crimes against America. I am sure his boss Putin will have a lovely tower he can live in in Moscow. That or jail where he really belongs.

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