WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 11: Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch arrives at the U.S. Capitol October 11, 2019 in Washington, DC. Yovanovitch was invited to testify behind closed doors to the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees as part of the ongoing impeachment investigation against President Donald Trump. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Marie Yovanovich’s departure from the State Department was done without fanfare, quietly and with dignity, like the woman herself. It’s a loss to our government that a top notch career diplomat like this has stepped down, but no one can blame her for this decision after the vile ordeal of the Ukraine scandal and being in Giuliani’s and Trump’s cross-hairs. CNN:

Former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie “Masha” Yovanovitch — a highly respected career diplomat who unwittingly became one of the central figures in the impeachment drama — has retired from the State Department.

Yovanovitch leaves after more than three decades in the foreign service. She was described as “someone who has never been hungry for the spotlight,” by one former State Department official.
It is unclear when exactly Yovanovitch retired, but the official said it was sometime in the last two weeks. She had most recently been serving as a senior State Department fellow at Georgetown University.
She was removed from her post as the US ambassador in Kiev in May 2019 after a targeted campaign against her led by allies of President Donald Trump.
I can only imagine Ambassador Yovanovich’s reaction when she learned that the Moron in Chief was bleating “She’s bad news,” and “I have the right to hire and fire my own ambassadors, I think that’s important,” when her own performance since she was appointed during the Bush administration had been beyond reproach. But Trump doesn’t review the facts, he’s just out for a testosterone power blast and a photo op on any given day. Can you imagine how these diplomats must feel, knowing that there’s a lunatic in charge and that at any moment, given the right circumstances, they can become embroiled in a Trumpian conspiracy theory and find decades of sterling work go up in smoke, in the time it takes to say “emails?”
While I certainly respect the ambassador’s decision and understand it, nevertheless I see it as tragic. She had so much more to give to the State Department. How many more seasoned professionals are we going to lose to the buffoonery and circus of the current administration? Diplomats and ambassadors are not fungible goods, not by a long shot. We just lost one of the best, as the Trump threshing machine keeps moving through our government, destroying careers and demolishing institutions.
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  1. Thank you Ms Ambassador for your service, your noble diplomacy will be missed. It’s a damn shame that good people like her have to face the childish petulance from the man baby in charge. Who’s going to be the next person to piss him off? He has to go, and soon


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