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Sat Nov 9, 2019, 07:51 AM

Trump called Gordon Sondland a 'great American.' Now he says 'I hardly know the gentleman.'

Source: CNN

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"Let me just tell you: I hardly know the gentleman," Trump told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House.

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On October 4, Trump tried to distance himself from other officials who had provided damaging information to impeachment investigators, saying, "I don't even know most of these ambassadors. I didn't even know their names."

But Trump made an exception for Sondland, whom he called "highly respected."

"The text message that I saw from Ambassador Sondland -- who's highly respected -- was: There's 'no quid pro quo.' He said that. He said, by the way -- it almost sounded like in general -- he said, by the way, there's 'no quid pro quo.' And there isn't," Trump said.

In a tweet on October 8, Trump called Sondland "a really good man and great American." He said he would love to "send" Sondland to testify, but not before a "totally compromised kangaroo court."

Read more: https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2019/11/08/politics/fact-check-trump-sondland-hardly-know-gentleman-relationship/index.html

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Reply Trump called Gordon Sondland a 'great American.' Now he says 'I hardly know the gentleman.' (Original post)
UpInArms Saturday OP
Maxheader Saturday #1
ck4829 Saturday #2
ret5hd Saturday #11
BigmanPigman Saturday #3
Bernardo de La Paz Saturday #5
nitpicker Saturday #4
rpannier Saturday #6
UpInArms Saturday #7
Firestorm49 Saturday #9
Firestorm49 Saturday #8
BigmanPigman Saturday #12
muriel_volestrangler Saturday #10

Response to UpInArms (Original post)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 08:02 AM

1. Total whack..



gears are like totally disengaged...

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Response to UpInArms (Original post)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 08:04 AM

2. The bus cometh for thee, Sondland

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Response to ck4829 (Reply #2)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 04:26 PM

11. Maybe he can check those tie-rod ends while he's down there...

This bus is wandering all over the road, smushin' people right and left! It's a hazard, I tell ya'!

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Response to UpInArms (Original post)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 08:11 AM

3. I laughed so hard when I heard this

on TV. That is classic tRump, "Never saw the guy before in my life" . Mulvaney and the Ghoul will be going under the bus next.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #3)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 08:52 AM

5. tRump will say Ghouliani "went rogue" and he'll fire Mulvaney & then call him incompetent. . . . nt

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Response to UpInArms (Original post)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 08:26 AM

4. Typical

nt

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Response to UpInArms (Original post)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 09:20 AM

6. Gordon Sondland another coffee/errand boy

He showed up once or twice, but never was a contributing member of il douche's inner circle
Just like every other guy hair douche let go/that quit

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Response to rpannier (Reply #6)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 09:27 AM

7. The visual of trump associates

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Response to rpannier (Reply #6)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 11:24 AM

9. Ah, but he was/is a big donor.

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Response to UpInArms (Original post)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 11:23 AM

8. And the old fool thinks that nobody remembers what he said........on TV!

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Response to Firestorm49 (Reply #8)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 10:11 PM

12. If Fux Ruse didn't show it than his cult never saw it.

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Response to UpInArms (Original post)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 11:47 AM

10. Sure. That's why Sondland briefed him on Zelenskiy and became 1 of the "three amigos"

The key event in Sondland’s narrative is a 23 May White House meeting with Trump attended by Sondland, the former Ukraine special envoy Kurt Volker and the energy secretary, Rick Perry. The three had just returned from Zelenskiy’s inauguration and were trying to persuade Trump to have a telephone conversation with his new Ukrainian counterpart and invite him to the White House, as a mark of US support.

“However, President Trump was skeptical that Ukraine was serious about reforms and anti-corruption, and he directed those of us present at the meeting to talk to Mr Giuliani, his personal attorney, about his concerns,” Sondland said. “It was apparent to all of us that the key to changing the president’s mind on Ukraine was Mr Giuliani.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/oct/17/gordon-sondland-testimony-trump-giuliani-ukraine

— After briefing Trump on the Zelenskiy inauguration, Perry, U.S. Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland, and Kurt Volker, the former U.S. envoy to Ukraine, became known as the “three amigos.” They were responsible for a side-channel Ukraine policy, under Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer. Giuliani, at Trump’s behest, pushed for Kiev to investigate Biden, the former vice president and a contender for the Democratic presidential nomination next year, and his son Hunter, who was on the board of Ukrainian gas company Burisma, but it is uncertain what Perry knew about it.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-impeachment-perry-factbox/factbox-why-does-rick-perrys-name-keep-coming-up-in-trump-impeachment-probe-idUSKBN1XG2Y1

In his testimony, Sondland described what is now a familiar set of facts. On May 20, he attended the inauguration of Zelensky as part of an American delegation that included Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), and Alex Vindman, a Ukraine expert at the National Security Council. They all came away believing Zelensky was a swell fellow and that Washington should move quickly to strengthen its relationship with him. Three days later, they briefed Trump and suggested that he first hold a phone conversation with Zelensky and then a White House visit with the Ukrainian—moves that the Ukrainians deeply desired. (After all, Ukraine was—and still is—engaged in a war with Russia, which has seized portions of the country, and buttressing the bonds between Ukraine and the United States was a top priority for Kiev.) Trump, though, was not eager for this, Sondland testified. “He just kept saying: ‘Talk to Rudy, talk to Rudy,'” Sondland said.

https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/11/gordon-sondland-fingers-rudy-giuliani-as-trumps-ukraine-shakedown-man/

He could have talked to a Republican senator, or an NSC expert on Ukraine. But instead he wanted to hear from Perry, Volker and Sondland - "someone he barely knew"? Who was the EU ambassador, rather than a Ukraine specialist? Give me a break.

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