‘Take her out’: Recording appears to capture Trump at private dinner saying he wants Ukraine ambassador fired ,
A recording obtained by ABC News appears to capture President Donald Trump telling associates he wanted the then-U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch fired while speaking at a small gathering that included Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman ,
Two former business associates of Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani who have since been indicted in New York. The recording appears to contradict statements by Trump and support the narrative that has been offered by Parnas ,
During broadcast interviews in recent days. Sources familiar with the recording said the recording was made during an intimate April 30, 2018,
Dinner at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. Trump’s is heard saying. “Get her out tomorrow. I don’t care. Get her out tomorrow. On the recording, it appears the two Giuliani associates are telling Trump that the U.S. ambassador has been bad-mouthing him, which leads directly to the apparent remarks by the president.
The recording was made by Fruman, according to sources familiar with the tape. During the conversation, several of the participants can be heard laughing with the president.
At another point, the recording appears to capture Trump praising his new choice of secretary of state, saying emphatically: “[Mike] Pompeo is the best.” But the most striking moment comes when Parnas and the president discuss the dismissal of his ambassador to Ukraine.
Parnas appears to say: “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,” Parnas can be heard telling Trump. “She’s basically walking around telling everybody ‘Wait, he’s gonna get impeached, just wait.”