President Donald Trump on Wednesday lashed out at William Taylor, the top American diplomat in Ukraine who offered impeachment investigators damaging details about Trump’s foreign dealings, dismissing him as a “Never Trumper.”
Taylor on Tuesday directly tied Trump for the first time to a quid pro quo with Ukraine and provided House Democrats with a roadmap of other potential witnesses who could further substantiate allegations Trump withheld foreign aid to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political rivals.
In a series of tweets Wednesday, Trump sought to distance himself from Taylor and cast doubt on the diplomat and the political motivations of his lawyer, John Bellinger.
“Never Trumper Republican John Bellinger, represents Never Trumper Diplomat Bill Taylor (who I don’t know), in testimony before Congress!” Trump tweeted.
Trump’s claim that he did not know Taylor came despite the fact that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo personally recruited Taylor for the post after the president’s initial ambassador to Ukraine was forced out due to pressure over a perceived anti-Trump bias.
Trump did not offer any evidence to support his allegation that Taylor, a career civil servant who has served in both Democratic and Republican administrations, harbored any anti-Trump bias. The attack landed as Taylor remains a part of Trump’s State Department.