A newly surfaced recording appears to reveal President Trump talking about former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch and ordering her to be fired.
“Get rid of her!” a voice that sound like Trump says “Get her out tomorrow. I don’t care. Get her out tomorrow. Take her out. OK? Do it.”
TheHill reports newly surfaced audio appears to capture President Trump telling associates he wanted then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch fired during a private April 2018 dinner, ABC News reported Friday.
As described by ABC, the recording appears to capture Trump speaking about Yovanovitch to Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, former associates of the president’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. The actual audio has not been released.
“Get rid of her!” a voice that appears to be Trump’s reportedly says. “Get her out tomorrow. I don’t care. Get her out tomorrow. Take her out. OK? Do it.”
Reports from the time indicate that Trump attended a dinner at his Washington hotel hosted by the American First Action super PAC on April 30, 2018.
The comment comes after the two Giuliani associates appear to speak negatively about Yovanovitch, whom Trump recalled as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine in April 2019.
The White House did not deny ABC’s reporting but emphasized that Trump has the right to place people in his administration who support his agenda.
“Every President in our history has had the right to place people who support his agenda and his policies within his Administration,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in an emailed statement.