“I was advised today that the president intends to recall me effective immediately as United States ambassador to the European Union,” said U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland.
Sondland ousting follows that of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who also was fired Friday by the National Security Council and escorted off of the White House grounds.
“I am grateful to President Trump for having given me the opportunity to serve, to Secretary Pompeo for his consistent support, and to the exceptional and dedicated professionals at the U.S. Mission to the European Union,” Sondland said Friday. “I am proud of our accomplishments. Our work here has been the highlight of my career.”
In November, Sondland tied top officials to a “potential quid pro quo” involving U.S. military aid to Ukraine and investigations desired by Trump during his highly anticipated impeachment hearing testimony – yet said he never heard that link from the president himself.