Trump has always been obsessed with women in power. He can’t stand the fact that there are women in power who can destroy his already obliterated reputation. Like former Ukrainian Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch. When Trump realized that Yovanovitch was not playing ball when it came to his attempts to extort Ukraine, he did everything he could to get rid of her, and now we have the video to prove it.
Check out this video from ABC News:
EXCLUSIVE: "Take her out": Recording appears to capture Pres. Trump at private dinner in 2018 saying he wants Ukrainian Amb. Marie Yovanovitch fired.@GStephanopoulos has more: https://t.co/rz6X4alIIM pic.twitter.com/B2h75EjMfT
— ABC News (@ABC) January 24, 2020
In the recording, Lev Parnas reportedly says:
“The biggest problem there, I think where we need to start is we gotta get rid of the ambassador. She’s still left over from the Clinton administration. She’s basically walking around telling everybody ‘Wait, he’s gonna get impeached, just wait.”
That’s when Trump replies:
“Get rid of her! Get her out tomorrow. I don’t care. Get her out tomorrow. Take her out. Okay? Do it.”
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham gave this excuse for Yovanovitch’s sudden firing:
“Every President in our history has had the right to place people who support his agenda and his policies within his Administration.”
Lev Parnas’ recollection of a meeting with Trump about Yovanovitch in which Trump demanded she be fired immediately is somewhat different than the president’s, who claims he never even met Parnas.
Parnas said this in a recent interview:
“We all, there was a silence in the room. He responded to him, said Mr. President, we can’t do that right now because [Secretary of State Mike] Pompeo hasn’t been confirmed yet, that Pompeo is not confirmed yet and we don’t have — this is when [former Secretary of State Rex] Tillerson was gone, but Pompeo was confirmed, so they go, wait until — so several conversations he mentioned it again.“
Trump said this when questioned about knowing Parnas:
“I don’t know him. I don’t know Parnas other than I guess I had pictures taken, which I do with thousands of people, including people today that I didn’t meet. But I just met him. I don’t know him at all. Don’t know what he’s about, don’t know where he comes from, know nothing about him. I can only tell you this thing is a big hoax.”
While the video has not yet been released, ABC has confirmed its existence and its content. There is no mistaking Trump’s voice, but he will likely say he had nothing to do with any of it. Check out what people have to say about it below via Twitter: