White House plans G-7 agenda, tells world to 'get on board'

White House plans G-7 agenda, tells world to 'get on board'”

"I get the criticisms. Withholding military aid, vital military aid to a nation like Ukraine, which has Russian troops inside its territory, that's threatened all the time, that withholding it so that a political operation can take place, 'investigate this thing around the server, we're going to withhold aid until you do that, '" the OH governor continued. "Ukrainian ties and furthering long-held USA foreign policy goals in the region; or we could do as President Trump directed and talk to Mr. Giuliani to address the President's concerns".

Democrats in the House of Representatives are holding hearings to investigate whether Trump improperly pressured Ukraine to investigate a political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, and his son Hunter, who sat on the board of a Ukrainian energy company.

"There never was any condition on the flow of the aid related to the matter of the DNC server", he said.

President Trump expressed "a lot of confidence" in Mulvaney Thursday, hours after Mulvaney told critics to "get over it" and said multiple times that he held up hundreds of millions in security aid to Ukraine to get it to investigate 'corruption on the DNC server'.

Trump said Mulvaney later clarified his remarks, and the president dismissed the House inquiry as "a bad witch hunt".

Trump was the one who suggested the Doral property be added to the list of sites under consideration, said Mulvaney, who cited the resort's proximity to airports, landing zones and hospitals. But he was more forthright about another quid pro quo: that the president used the funds partly to force Ukraine to look into a conspiracy theory about Democrats plotting to manipulate the 2016 election and a missing computer server.

"If the White House was withholding aid in regards to the cooperation of any investigation at the Department of Justice, that is news to us", a senior DOJ official said, according to The Hill.

Meanwhile, back in the real world, Mulvaney's statements actually comport with what Trump and the White House have been saying ever since the "whistleblower" complaint arose.

"It's not the only place, it's the best place" for the meetings, Mulvaney told reporters at the White House on Thursday. Democrats called Mulvaney's comments a potential turning point in their impeachment inquiry.

In a July 25 call, Mr Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy for "a favour" to look into claims that Ukraine, and not Russian Federation, interfered in the 2016 presidential election and that a Democratic Party computer server was being held somewhere in the country.

"We've been very clear", he said.

Republicans, for their part, expressed concern about the White House's strategy of getting its messaging across.

The tumult over Mulvaney's remarks capped a momentous week in the impeachment investigation as the admission, from highest levels of the administration, undercut the White House defense and pushed more evidence into the inquiry.

How much longer will acting chief of staff Mulvaney still be acting? He said that the White House didn't pick the resort because it may lead to future business that could enrich Trump.

"Just because you've done nothing wrong does not mean you do not need a dedicated committed group of support staff dedicated to making sure that the American people understand that this is a witch hunt and why", said one Republican with ties to Trump.

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