The decision to prematurely recall US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch has been criticized by the House Foreign Affairs Committee, which is led by members of the Democratic Party, Voice of America reports.
“The Administration is harming American interests and undermining American diplomacy. We call on the Administration to reverse this decision immediately,” said Democrat Congressman Eliot Engel and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer in a statement.
“Ambassador Yovanovitch is a dedicated public servant and a diplomat of the highest caliber who has represented the United States under both Republican and Democratic administrations,” they remarked.
The recall has also been criticized by Michael Carpenter, a former Pentagon official and current director of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement.
“If true, appalling move by Pompeo to throw a career diplomat under the bus for partisan games. Lutsenko’s allegations against Ambassador Yovanovitch were reportedly laundered by Rudy Giuliani to blame her for Ukraine’s investigations into Paul Manafort. Sick,” Carpenter wrote on Twitter.
Yovanovitch came under the spotlight in March, when Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko told The Hill in an interview that Yovanovitch had supposedly given him a list with names of people who must not be prosecuted.