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Sondland: Rick Perry, Kurt Volker and I “were playing the hand we were dealt”

US Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland said he — as well as Energy Secretary Rick Perry and US diplomat Kurt Volker — didn’t want to work with Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine matters, but they did so because “we were playing the hand we were dealt.”

If they didn’t work with Giuliani, “We would lose a very important opportunity to cement relations between the United States and Ukraine,” he said.

“First, Secretary Perry, Ambassador Volker and I worked with Mr. Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine matters at the express direction of the President of the United States. We did not want to work with Mr. Giuliani. Simply put, we were playing the hand we were dealt. We all understood that if we refused to work with Mr. Giuliani, we would lose a very important opportunity to cement relations between the United States and Ukraine. So we followed the President’s orders.”

Per: CNN
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