UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The White House has acknowledged that Donald Trump has linked granting planned aid to Ukraine with US domestic policy considerations, thus offering new arguments to Democrats seeking to isolate the president.
White House chief of staff Mick Malvani was surprised to launch the recognition at a news conference on Thursday ahead of the Group of Seven summit.
“We are always doing this in foreign policy,” Malvani said. “You have to get over it. There must be a political impact on foreign policy.”
At the end of July, Trump asked his Ukrainian counterpart Vladimir Zelinsky to investigate the activities of Joe Biden (Trump’s upcoming rival in the upcoming elections) and the work of his son Hunter Biden in Ukraine.
In the same month, the Trump administration froze nearly $ 400 million in military aid to Ukraine.
The decision is at the heart of the investigation, which was opened three weeks ago by Democratic lawmakers as they seek to isolate President Trump.
They want to determine whether Trump has used his position for personal purposes, especially by freezing funds to force Kiev to open an investigation into suspicious financial activities of Joe Biden and his son Hunter in Ukraine.
Trump says he has not put “any pressure” on Zelinsky, and that the aid was frozen during the assessment period of assistance to Ukraine and other Western partners.
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