Given Ukraine’s issues with corruption and the desire for more help from the EU, this could be a reasonable concern. However, the parties involved all somehow had the impression that the issue was something else.

The idea of President Trump being fiscally responsible also strains credibility: America’s national debt has soared past $23 trillion under his stewardship, and his golf trips while in office have cost U.S. taxpayers over a fourth the cost of the Congressionally approved Ukraine aid.

“I asked Ambassador Sondland if it was true that the President did not ‘give a s–t about Ukraine.’ Ambassador Sondland agreed that the President did not ‘give a s–t about Ukraine.’ I asked why not, and Ambassador Sondland stated that the President only cares about ‘big stuff.’ I noted that there was ‘big stuff’ going on in Ukraine, like a war with Russia, and Ambassador Sondland replied that he meant ‘big stuff’ that benefits the President, like the ‘Biden investigation’ that Mr. Giuliani was pushing.”

David Holmes
Counselor for Political Affairs at the US Embassy in Ukraine

“I tried diligently to ask why the aid was suspended, but I never received a clear answer. In the absence of any credible explanation for the suspension of aid, I later came to believe that the resumption of security aid would not occur until there was a public statement from Ukraine committing to the investigations of the 2016 election and Burisma, as Mr. Giuliani had demanded.”

Gordon Sondland
U.S. Ambassador to the European Union

For more info, visit Trump-Ukraine Central

– rob rünt

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