Nov 20, 2019 - Politics & Policy

Trump's shifting story on his relationship with Gordon Sondland

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President Trump told reporters outside the White House on Wednesday that he "doesn't know" EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland "very well."

Why it matters: It's the latest walk-back from the president about his relationship with Sondland, who donated $1 million to Trump's inaugural committee.

Worth noting: Sondland refused to testify whether he believed Trump's assertion in a Sept. 9 phone call that there was no quid pro quo involving the military aid. While he texted Bill Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, to that end after the call, he testified: "I was just trying to convey what [the president] said on the phone."

  • Sondland also said that he worked with Rudy Giuliani "at the express direction" of Trump on matters involving Ukraine.

The big picture: Trump has said on multiple occasions that he doesn't know a number senior officials caught up in the impeachment inquiry as a defense.

Go deeper: Live updates on Sondland's impeachment testimony

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