Source: Irish Times, Dublin
US president Donald Trump has continued his attacks on ousted US ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch and other witnesses in the House impeachment inquiry into whether he abused his office to pressure Ukraine to announce an investigation into political rivals.
“The ambassador, the woman” was an “Obama person”, Mr Trump said in a phone interview with the Fox and Friends programme on Friday morning. “I said, why are you being so kind? Well, sir, she’s a woman, we have to be nice. She’s very tough, I heard bad things.”
“This ambassador, that everybody says is so wonderful, she wouldn’t hang my picture in the embassy, okay?” Mr Trump said. “She’s in charge of the embassy. She wouldn’t hang it. It took like a year and a half or two years to get the picture up. She said bad things about me, she wouldn’t defend me, and I have the right to change an ambassador.”
Got that? Trump is attacking Ambassador Yovanovitch because she would not hang his official portrait in the US Embassy in Kiev, Ukraine.
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THE WHITE HOUSE DID NOT RELEASE TRUMP’S OFFICIAL PORTRAIT FOR OVER A YEAR!
Your spokesperson said, 235 days after you took office, that you hadn’t even sat down to get your official photo taken!
“ So that only makes it tougher to understand why, 235 days after being sworn in, Trump has yet to sit for his official photograph. Once taken, it is the responsibility of the Government Publishing Office to distribute the photo to the more than 7,000 federal installations across the world.
“GPO is standing by to reproduce copies of the president and the vice president’s photos for official use in federal facilities and will do so as soon as the official photo files are provided to us,” agency spokesman Gary Somerset told the Post. “I do not have a timeline on when GPO will receive those files from the White House.”