Ousted ambassador Marie Yovanovitch calls US diplomacy 'amoral'

  • Ousted ambassador Marie Yovanovitch calls US diplomacy 'amoral'

Ousted ambassador Marie Yovanovitch calls US diplomacy 'amoral'

Former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch issued a grim warning on Wednesday night during her first public appearance since her blockbuster hearing in the House's impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump.

The former USA ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, has warned that the United States had adopted an "amoral" foreign policy that "substitutes threats, fear and confusion for trust".

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

Yovanovitch, who was recalled from her post earlier this year and became a central witness in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, also cautioned that senior leaders at the State Department "lack policy vision, moral clarity and leadership skills" and that "an amoral, "keep them guessing" foreign policy that substitutes threats, fear and confusion for trust can not work".

Trump abruptly removed Yovanovitch from her post in Ukraine in May 2019 after an extended smear campaign by Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani. The State Department has called Lutsenko's allegations an "outright fabrication". The Republican-majority Senate acquitted Trump this month.

Yovanovitch, who was removed from her post in May 2019 with no public explanation, testified to Congress that she had pressed the Ukrainian government to address long-standing USA concerns about corruption and described a "concerted campaign" against her based on "unfounded and false claims by people with clearly questionable motives".

In her first public remarks since leaving the USA foreign service two weeks ago, Yovanovitch said that the Trump administration's handling of foreign policy risked alienating allies and driving them into the arms of other partners they find more reliable.

In her Georgetown address, Yovanovitch called for the State Department to develop a stronger relationship with Congress, to offer more training and flexibility for diplomats and to take seriously the job of countering misinformation. She was at Georgetown to accept an award from the School of Foreign Service, and received a standing ovation from the audience.

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