Tom Cotton Defends Trump’s Decision to Fire Ukrainian Ambassador: ‘Badmouthing’ Is a Good Reason to Fire Her

After ABC News released footage from 2018 of President Donald Trump talking to associates of Rudy Giuliani about former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, questions arose as to whether Trump was swayed by individuals with a corrupt intent.

However, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) argued on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that the tape shows Trump took a measured approach to the matter.

When asked by host Margaret Brennan if he was troubled by the reporting that showed Trump was talking to Giuliani associates about the ambassador, Cotton said he was not.

“No, Margaret. This reminds a lot of what happened in the Brett Kavanaugh case when the Democrats kept releasing bombshells,” he said, adding, “And I think all we’re missing is Michael Avenatti to come out and defend someone as well.”

Watch his comments below:

When pressed on whether he thought it was damaging, Cotton argued that it was not and noted that the conversation took place more than a year before Yovanovitch was fired.

“Let’s look at the context of this report, that video was more than a year before he asked Marie Yovanovitch to be removed. And he was told in that video — we just heard — that she’s running around Kyiv badmouthing you and saying that you’re going to be impeached. The president has the right to remove an ambassador for any reason or no reason what so ever. An ambassador badmouthing the president is a pretty sound reason to remove an ambassador.”

Finally, Cotton argued that because the tape was from 2018, it showed that Trump took a more measured approach and waited for more information before he decided to seek her removal.

“I would just point out that occurred more than a year after she was removed,” Cotton said. “He was not hasty, was not precipitous. He did not just act on the word of these people. He waited more than a year, and got more information as well.”

ABC News released a video from 2018 that appears to Trump having dinner with Giuliani associates Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman.

The tape appears to show Trump calling for her removal, “Get rid of her! Get her out tomorrow. I don’t care. Get her out tomorrow. Take her out. OK? Do it.”


  1. “Why not stick with the issue being discussed rather than going off on various tangents which have nothing to do with the subject matter? You’re beginning to sound more and more like the Always Confused Fascist and his/her/its anti-American trash talk.” Confused James

    I appreciate Phyllis’ added context. It puts the character of Cotton into perspective when he is passing out his own comments about others.

    Also being so lazy that you needed to use projection in labeling me as a fascist is really lame. Don’t you have a better imagination than that? Where’s some vigor, old man? Come on, you can do better. I know you can.

  2. The operative phrase is the POTUS – regardless of political party – has the RIGHT to fire or remove from Office anyone he/she wishes; especially those who do not support the Administration’s policies.

    1. ..HOW are Sen Cotton’s previous stances immaterial? Cotton claims Yovanovich “badmouthed” Trump based upon Lev Parnas say so in the video. R’s claim Parnas is a liar. Parnas has provided evidence for many of his claims despite R’s wish to ignore the evidence.—Parnas HAS NOT provided ANY evidence Yovanovoich made the statements Cotton is using to claim she “badmouthed” Trump. The lack of logic in this and Cotton’s previous conclusions is material. Placing a hold on the confirmation vote for an ambassador based on a personal vendetta with Obama is NOT the act of a man who takes his oath of office seriously.

      1. Huh? What does any of your comment have to do with ANY President exercising his Constitutional authority granted to him/her under Article II Section 2? Nobody listens to Parnas, a convicted jailbird now out of prison.

  3. Tom Cotton’s stance is interesting. I thought the Trumpian stance was to claim Lev Parnas was a liar because he was federally indicted—federally indicted for laundering foreign money to a Republican House member running for re-election. Since Pompeo has not testified under oath, the American public has not been informed if Parnas’ comments HAVE been verified. Parnas has publicly apologized to Yovanovich for his part in the “smear campaign.” Tom Cotton is also the Senator that opposed the JCPOA and supported Bibi’s plan to go to drag the U.S. into a war with Iran, claiming war was the only means to end Iran’s nuclear weapons program.— The Trump administration repeatedly signed the certification that Iran was not enriching uranium, BEFORE Trump took the ill-advised action to get out of the deal. And who can forget Cotton’s letter to the Ayatollah! He is also the Senator who introduced the idea of the U.S. buying Greenland–which turned out not to be for sale. He put a hold on an ambassador vote because the candidate was a friend of Obama and he wanted to in his words, “inflict pain.” Tom has issues.

    1. Why not stick with the issue being discussed rather than going off on various tangents which have nothing to do with the subject matter? You’re beginning to sound more and more like the Always Confused Fascist and his/her/its anti-American trash talk.

  4. Well when my friend badmouthed her company’s board of executives they felt compelled to keep her on another year not fire her! Isn’t that the way it’s supposed to be?


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