Tuesday, 19 November, 2019

White House defends Ukrainian foreign policy

US Donald Trump gives a press conference with the French president in Biarritz south-west France US May Invite Vladimir Putin to Year's G7 Summit- Acting White House Chief of Staff AFP 2019 BERTRAND GUAY
Emmett Howard | 18 October, 2019, 02:18

The White House says it has chosen U.S. President Donald Trump's golf resort in Miami as the site for next year's Group of Seven summit.

Mr. Mulvaney said Thursday there was nothing improper about the withholding of aid to a foreign nation.

Former acting U.S. Solicitor General and Supreme Court litigator Neal Katyal said Mulvaney explicitly admitted to impeachable conduct. Seems "look-back" refers to two conspiracy theories that Vox calls "debunked".

"The look back to what happened in 2016 certainly was part of the thing that he was anxious about in corruption with that nation", he added when a reporter asked a follow-up question. "Absolutely, no question about that", Mulvaney continued. "But that's it. That's why we held up the money".

"This is the flawless physical location to do this", Mulvaney told reporters Thursday, adding that the White House advance team visited multiple potential locations and reported back that it was "almost like they built [Doral] to host this type of event".

"I have news for everybody: Get over it", Mulvaney said.

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Volker had been working with Ukrainian officials on the draft of the statement, which Ukraine ultimately opted not to issue. The testimony Thursday, as with other recent witnesses, is taking place in a closed session.

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Biden then doubled down by insisting, "I never discussed a single thing with my son about anything having to do with Ukraine ". He added that's where he made the mistake. "Being the subject of Donald Trump's ire is a feather in my cap", he said.

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According to Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., who was present for the deposition, Kent testified that Mulvaney oversaw a meeting where he sidelined State Department officials and tapped three political appointees - Energy Secretary Rick Perry, European Ambassador Gordon Sondland and special envoy Kurt Volker - to oversee Ukraine policy for the United States. "We absolutely believe this is the best place to have it".

Mulvaney later issued a statement claiming his comments had been misconstrued. Three House committees are investigating Trump's push to have the Ukrainian president conduct investigations that could benefit Trump's 2020 reelection campaign.

Adam Schiff, the California Democrat who's head of the Intelligence Committee and is one of the leaders of the impeachment inquiry, tweeted that "Things just went from very, very bad to much, much worse".

Unfounded conspiracy theories about a Ukraine link to the DNC hack began circulating nearly immediately after it was discovered.

"Doral happens to be within Miami, it's a city, it's a wonderful place, it's a very very successful area of Florida", Mr. Trump said during a press conference at the close of the G-7 summit in France. The official was not unauthorized to discuss the situation and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The announcement on Thursday comes at the same that the president has accused Joe Biden's family of profiting from public office because of Hunter Biden's business activities in Ukraine when his father was vice-president. That's how you do foreign policy.

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