Trump Put Hold On Military Aid To Ukraine Days Before Call To Ukrainian President

Headline Roundup September 24th, 2019

President Trump ordered a hold on military aid to Ukraine days before calling Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The Trump Administration says the hold was tied to concerns about corruption, and that Trump wanted to be sure the new Ukrainian president was going to take steps to end corruption. Some Democrat lawmakers see the hold on military aid as an effort by President Trump to pressure a foreign government to dig up dirt on Joe Biden.

From the Center
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National Security, Ukraine

President Trump asked his acting chief of staff to place a hold on $391 million in aid to Ukraine more than a week before a July phone call in which he urged his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate Joe Biden ’s son, according to a person familiar with the matter, a revelation that comes as an investigation into the president’s dealings with Kiev is mushrooming on Capitol Hill.

Congress had approved sending military aid to Ukraine to help the country defend against Russian aggression. But Mr. Trump and his advisers, including...

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From the Right
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The Trump administration pushed back Tuesday in the wake of multiple reports that the White House froze millions in aid to Ukraine shortly before President Trump pressured the country's leader to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

The reports coincided with a renewed round of calls, including from more centrist Democrats, for a formal impeachment inquiry. Those calls came a day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested she is opening the door to that route if the administration continues to withhold a whistleblower complaint apparently related to Trump's Ukraine...

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From the Left
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President Trump told his acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, to hold back almost $400 million in military aid for Ukraine at least a week before a phone call in which Trump is said to have pressured the Ukrainian president to investigate the son of former vice president Joe Biden, according to three senior administration officials.

Officials at the Office of Management and Budget relayed Trump’s order to the State Department and the Pentagon during an interagency meeting in mid-July, according to officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity...

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