Flashback: In 2008 Barack Obama Fired Every Last Bush Appointed Ambassador
As Democrats scream about the firing of Ukrainian Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch who testified Friday that President Donald Trump fired her amid an alleged ‘smear campaign’, they seem to forget that Obama fired each and every one of President Bush’s ambassadors in 2008. Yovanovitch was appointed by Obama in 2016 and was kept in her position as Trump took office.
Democrats smade it very clear during Friday’s public impeachment testimony that they were furious at Yovanovitch’s sudden dismissal, despite Obama doing the same thing when he became president in 2008.
In fact, most Ambassadorial positions are often changed with a change of President. They are positions that are marked with trust, and are generally filled by those closer and deemed trustworthy by an incoming President. In fact, Trump released almost all the Ambassadors from the Obama era, it was special that Yovanovitch was allowed to stay.
“Often the posts involving the most important bilateral relations (such as with Great Britain, Japan and India) or desirable locales (such as the Bahamas) are given to close friends and well-heeled contributors of the president,” the WaPo stated in 2008.
Even a 2017 Snopes fact-check noted that Trump firing appointed ambassadors was not an unprecedented move:
President-elect Donald J. Trump’s transition staff has issued a blanket edict requiring politically appointed ambassadors to leave their overseas posts by Inauguration Day, according to several American diplomats familiar with the plan, breaking with decades of precedent by declining to provide even the briefest of grace periods.
All political appointees for the Obama Administration were directed to submit their letters of resignation, and the due date was December 7th, and the resignations are to take effect at noon on January 20th. All political appointees were directed to do that. That is common, typical practice. And when you’re a political appointee for this or any other administration, you have no expectation of staying beyond the inauguration of a new administration. That’s the way it works.
Yovanovitch was making news long before the famous Ukraine phone call. In fact, she was fired before any of this Ukraine issue even came about. She is know for being close to the previous, and corrupt Ukrainian president, Petro Poroshenko. It is also reported that she was blocking information about the 2016 election that the Ukrainians have been trying to get to the US for 2 years.
Despite the press putting her on a pedestal, her tenure as an ambassador is tenuous at best.
Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad. She started off in Somalia, how did that go? Then fast forward to Ukraine, where the new Ukrainian President spoke unfavorably about her in my second phone call with him. It is a U.S. President’s absolute right to appoint ambassadors.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2019
As Breitbart reports: Journalist John Solomon reported in March that Yovanovitch urged Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Letsenko not to prosecute the George Soros-backed Anti-Corruption Action Centre (AntAC).
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Last week, Fox News reported last week that the fired ambassador may have provided the House Intelligence panel with false information when testifying on October 11th that she ignored a request from a Democrat staff member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
However, emails obtained by Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight showed that in fact, Yovanovitch had responded to Carey’s initial Aug. 14 email, writing that she “would love to reconnect and look forward to chatting with you,” the news outlet reported
Keep the popcorn coming!.