President Donald Trump on Friday lashed out at former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, as she testified in a public impeachment hearing in the House that his words about her in a phone call with the Ukraine president “sounded like a threat.”
“Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad,” Trump claimed in a two-part tweet.
“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,” the president wrote.
Yovanovitch, whose career of service to the U.S. spans more than three decades, was asked about the president’s tweets during the hearing Friday.
“I actually think that where I served over the years I and others have demonstrably made things better for the U.S. as well as for the countries that I served in,” she said.
“It’s very intimidating,” she added when asked again about the president’s tweets.
“I want to let you know, ambassador, that some of us here take witness intimidation very, very seriously,” said House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif.