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According to Axios, advisers in Trump's circle initially blackballed Portland hotelier.

Portland Hotelier Gordon SondlandDespite giving $1 million to President Donald Trump's inaugural committee, Portland businessman Gordon Sondland originally was blocked from getting an ambassadorship by Trump's inner circle.

Axios reported Sunday that Sondland was excluded from a list of potential ambassadors circulated by the White House in 2017 because Sondland had criticized Trump during the campaign.

Sondland continued to press for an ambassadorship and won help from a key backer, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, according to Axios. He was nominated in May 2018 to represent the United States before the European Union.

It's no surprise that stories discussing the Trump supporters' initial concerns about Sondland's loyalty are circulating now. The Portland hotel magnate last week shocked many Republicans by turning into a key witness for the Democratic-led impeachment drive.

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