Working for Trump was like staying at an all-inclusive resort, says Sondland

  • Gordon Sondland was an ambassador to the EU whom Trump fired in 2020.
  • Sondland compared working for Trump to an “all-inclusive” vacation that quickly went downhill.
  • He also said that “the people who work there can be rude and not very bright”.

Gordon Sondland, a former ambassador to the European Union, said working for former President Donald Trump was great at first, but it quickly turned sour.

“Over time, however, I realized that working with Trump was like staying at an all-inclusive resort. You’re thrilled when you first arrive, but things start to go downhill quickly,” he said. writes Sondland in his forthcoming book, “The Envoy”, in which he recounts what it was like to work for Trump. Insider has obtained an advance copy of the book, which is slated for release on October 25.

“The quality issues start showing up. The people working there can be rude and not so brilliant. Attrition is a huge problem. And eventually you start to wonder why you took the deal in the first place” , he continued.

Before becoming US Ambassador to the EU, Sondland earned millions running a Portland-based chain of boutique hotels.

Trump and Sondland’s shared histories in hospitality were not lost on the president: In the book’s prologue, Sondland jokingly described Trump as saying Sondland was a “hotel guy” like him, but not also successful. Sondland assumed the joke was meant to show everyone in the room who was really in charge of the meeting.

“I didn’t mind that kind of thing because in a job like mine, you had to take the good with the bad, and that meant putting up with Trump’s insecurities,” Sondland wrote.

Sondland was a key witness in Trump’s first impeachment trial. DDuring his bombshell testimony in November 2019, he admitted Trump’s team pressured Ukraine to dig up Hunter Biden – the son of former Vice President Joe Biden. Sondland said there was a quid pro quo deal with Ukraine, with the Trump administration leveraging military aid in exchange for the Biden investigation.

It undermined Trump claim that there was no quid pro quo of any kind. Trump was impeached in December 2019. He was acquitted by the Senate in February 2020.

Sondland was fired from the Trump administration in February 2020, months after testifying.

Despite his acrimonious departure from Trump’s team, Sondland said The New York Times in an interview published this week that he still supports Trump’s “incredible” policies. He told The Times, however, that he doesn’t think Trump is “the person to push these policies forward right now.”

A representative for Trump’s post-presidential press office did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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