Trump Meets With New Ukraine Ambassador, Other Diplomats at White House

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
January 6, 2020 Updated: January 6, 2020

Ukraine’s new ambassador to the United States was one of six diplomats to meet with President Donald Trump at the White House on Jan. 6.

Ambassador Volodymyr Yelchenko and five other diplomats received credentials during a ceremony in the Oval Office.

Credentialing ceremonies happen throughout the year.

The other five diplomats were Martin Weiss of Austria, Mansour Kane of Senegal, Thani Thongphakdi of Thailand, Isilio Antonio de Fatima Coelho da Silva of Timor-Leste, and South Korea’s Lee Soo-hyuck.

The event was closed to the press.

Trump was impeached by House Democrats in December 2019 for abuse of office and obstruction of Congress. The impeachment inquiry was triggered by an anonymous complaint about his July 2019 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Trump asked Zelensky to “look into” corruption allegations against former Vice President Joe Biden and Biden’s son Hunter Biden. Democrats said that amounted to an attempt to get a foreign country to interfere in the 2020 election because Joe Biden is a Democratic presidential candidate.

Trump said it’s his duty to probe allegations of corruption.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) still hasn’t delivered the impeachment articles to the Senate so an impeachment trial hasn’t happened. Pelosi hasn’t given an update on how long she plans to hold the articles for. Pelosi has said she’s withholding the articles to force the GOP-held Senate to hold a “fair trial.” Several GOP Senators have threatened to change Senate rules to be able to go ahead without the articles if she doesn’t hand them over soon.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) speaks to media at the Capitol in Washington on Dec. 19, 2019. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said on Monday that Trump doesn’t want a delay in the trial, and wants instead to focus on the Iran threat. She also criticized House Democrats, who said during the push to impeach Trump that the president was a danger to the country and needed to be removed.

“It looks like Nancy Pelosi favors a delay in the impeachment process, because she hasn’t bothered to send over the articles of impeachment from the House. Which is it? Is the president an imminent threat to the republic, a clear and present danger who must be removed immediately? Or did she take a little mini-sabbatical over the break and has decided when to send over the articles of impeachment?” Conway said.

Also on Monday, former national security adviser John Bolton said he’s willing to testify in a Senate impeachment trial if he’s subpoenaed.

“Since my testimony is once again at issue, I have had to resolve the serious competing issues as best I could, based on careful consideration and study. I have concluded that, if the Senate issues a subpoena for my testimony, I am prepared to testify,” Bolton said.

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.