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Trump told associates to 'get rid of' Yovanovitch in recording

Trump told associates to 'get rid of' Yovanovitch in recording

President Donald Trump appeared to order associates to "get rid" of Marie Yovanovitch, the US's ambassador to Ukraine, during a dinner in April 2018, according to a recording reviewed by ABC News.

The conversation reportedly took place at Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC, and also involved Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, two associates of Rudy Giuliani who've become embroiled in the impeachment proceedings.

In response to the new report, the White House press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, told Insider, "Every President in our history has had the right to place people who support his agenda and his policies within his Administration."

According to ABC, in a recording from an "intimate" dinner at Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC, on April 30, 2018, Parnas and Fruman could be heard telling Trump that Yovanovitch had been bad-mouthing him.

Responding to the ABC News report, the White House press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, told Insider, "Every President in our history has had the right to place people who support his agenda and his policies within his Administration."

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