Ousted Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch to Receive Georgetown University Diplomacy Award

Marie Yovanovitch: former ambassador warns of ‘amoral’ US foreign policy

Marie Yovanovitch: former ambassador warns of ‘amoral’ US foreign policy

Marie Yovanovitch, the recently retired US diplomat who testified during House impeachment against President Trump following her abrupt removal as ambassador to Ukraine, will receive an award Wednesday at Georgetown University for her diplomacy service.

"The policy process has been replaced by the decisions emanating from the top with little discussion", Yovanovitch said during a speaking event at Georgetown University where she received an award that recognized her long career as a diplomat.

A recently retired USA diplomat whose abrupt removal by President Trump from her post as ambassador to Ukraine became a focus of the impeachment hearings is receiving an award for "excellence" in the conduct of diplomacy.

"Senior leaders lack policy vision, moral clarity and leadership skills", she continued.

The veteran former ambassador was ousted from her post in Kyiv by Donald Trump last May, at the time the president and his associates were putting pressure on the Ukrainian government to launch investigations of Trump's political opponents.

In her almost 34-year career at the State Department, she received a series of promotions under both Republican and Democratic administrations.

Trump abruptly removed Yovanovitch from her post in Ukraine in May 2019 after an extended smear campaign by Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

"To be blunt, an amoral, "keep-em-guessin" foreign policy that substitutes threats, fear and confusion for trust can not work over the long haul", Yovanovitch said. The Republican-majority Senate acquitted Trump this month.

She also leveled criticism at State Department leadership, and by extension Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, for failing to push back against forces that "apparently hijacked our Ukraine policy", or to support her in the face of "dangerously wrong" attacks.

Trump publicly criticized her as she testified, saying on Twitter that 'everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad.

The Trainor Award she received is presented to "an outstanding American or foreigner for distinction in the conduct of diplomacy", according to Georgetown.

Past recipients have included former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo and former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

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