Published: Fri, October 18, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

'Get Over It': Politics Is Part Of Foreign Policy, Mulvaney Says

'Get Over It': Politics Is Part Of Foreign Policy, Mulvaney Says

Jon Karl, chief White House correspondent for ABC News, pointed out to Mulvaney that what he described "is a quid pro quo".

The admission from acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney undercut the president's position that there was no quid pro quo during Trump's phone call with the Ukraine president that sparked the House investigation.

Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters Thursday that President Trump blocked almost $400 million in military aid to Ukraine in part to force the government in Kiev to investigate his political rivals, a startling acknowledgment after the president's repeated denials of a quid pro quo. Mulvaney later tried to walk back the claim. "And that is absolutely appropriate". "We do that all the time with foreign policy", Mulvaney responded.

Lawmakers met for hours behind closed doors with the US ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, who testified that he disagreed with Trump's decision to have envoys work with the president's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine policy, rather than through traditional government channels.

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"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 DOJ official reportedly told CNN. But he characterized the decision to leverage congressionally approved aid as common practice, citing other instances in which the Trump administration has withheld aid to foreign countries and telling critics to "get over it". "But that's it. That's why we held up the money".

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The envoy, Gordon Sondland, told lawmakers in the Democratic-led inquiry that he did not understand "until much later" that Giuliani's agenda included a push for Ukraine to investigate Biden. "There is going to be political influence in foreign policy", Mulvaney said.

The New York Times noted that Mulvaney was "referring to Mr. Trump's discredited idea that a server with Hillary Clinton's missing emails was being held by a company based in Ukraine".

In broad terms, during the press conference, Mulvaney further strengthened the accounts formed so far of the Ukraine affair, also including Trump's reliance on his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

"The Trump family made their money before they went into politics", he said. But as Mulvaney observed, the White House released a memorandum of a call Trump had with Zelenskiy on July 25 and has been open about its conduct. "However, President Trump was skeptical that Ukraine was serious about reforms and anti-corruption, and he directed those of us present at the meeting to talk to Mr. Giuliani, his personal attorney, about his concerns", he added.

Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said Mulvaney "co-signed the president's confession". See where Democrats in your state stand on the probe and a potential vote to impeach Trump.

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