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Sondland's style created tension in EU before impeachment

Posted On: Nov 19, 2019   |   Posted By: My Sanantonio

BRUSSELS - Gordon Sondland didn't come for coffee klatsch at European Union headquarters on Tuesday. Instead, Donald Trump's diplomatic pit bull in Brussels was preparing to appear at the presidential impeachment inquiry in Washington.
He may not have been missed on the Continent. Before Sondland stirred any controversy with his dealings on behalf of Trump in Ukraine, his caustic style had already created problems in Brussels, where he is the U.S. ambassador to the 28-nation EU.
Sondland originally planned to meet Tuesday with EU Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis to discuss better cooperation between the two trading juggernauts. That meeting was postponed indefinitely because Sondland was to testify Wednesday before Congress about his involvement in Ukraine. But in truth, the relationship has been galloping backward ever since Trump entered office, and diplomats say Sondland's style has not helped.
EU officials who talked with The Associated Press about working with Sondland spoke on...

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