People may know Gordon Sondland as the former President Trump-appointed U.S. ambassador to the European Union, as a pivotal witness in Trump’s impeachment trial, or as the “quid pro quo” guy. But Sondland has far more to say than what you may have read about in sensational headlines or seen in video clips.
People are often curious about his experience, and sometimes outwardly supportive — even across party lines. Sondland reports that Republicans and Democrats alike stop him in public and offer him high-fives. Business associates, strangers, and even close friends ask him: “How did you do that?” What he understands they’re really asking is: How did he survive Trump? How did he handle being grilled by the Senate intelligence committee? How did he come out of the situation intact and able to move on with his life?
These are just a few of the questions Sondland wants to answer in his release The Envoy: Mastering the Art of Diplomacy with Trump and the World. The seasoned diplomat and first-time author presents a behind-the-scenes look at Donald Trump, his cabinet, and international diplomacy. The pages of The Envoy reveal accounts of botched phone calls, questionable behavior, and inflated egos that span the globe, with humor mixed in with the details. If you’re curious about what it was like inside the Trump administration — or what it is like to be on the other side of it — then this talk is for you.
Gordon Sondland is the founder and CEO of Provenance Hotels, which currently owns or operates nineteen full-service boutique “lifestyle” hotels that have received industry awards and critical acclaim from national and international publications.
In 2018, President Trump asked Sondland to serve as the 20th United States Ambassador to the European Union. As one of the highest-ranking US officials in Europe, Sondland’s portfolio included trade, energy, national security, defense agriculture, and several other files.
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