OMB releases Pentagon’s $250M in aid to Ukraine and State Dept. releases...

OMB releases Pentagon’s $250M in aid to Ukraine and State Dept. releases $141.5M, VP Pence admits he met with Ukrainian President Zelensky

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The Joint Multinational Training Group – Ukraine welcomed the 10th Mountain Assault Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine for a seven-week training rotation in mid-August. The training will culminate in exercise Rapid Trident 2019. (Sgt. Justin Navin/U.S. Army)

ON THE HILL WITH DOUG CHRISTIAN

CAPITOL HILL – The White House’s Office of Management and Budget released $250 million from the Pentagon’s Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative aid Thursday. Additionally, at the same time, the State Department released $141.5 million in foreign military financing to Ukraine. All this comes hours after an intelligence community’s widely reported whistleblower standoff is revealed by multiple sources to surround President Donald Trump’s cut-off on aid to Ukraine if Ukraine didn’t investigate presidential rival Joe Biden.

Lawmakers from both parties had expressed serious concern over the past few weeks that the White House had held up hundreds of millions of dollars of Ukrainian aid approved by Congress.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) tweeted Thursday:


Many in the media thought so. Vice President Mike Pence, on his visit to Poland, was asked a question regarding that connection on Sept. 2:

“Specifically, number one, did you discuss Joe Biden at all during that meeting yesterday with the Ukrainian president?  And number two, can you assure Ukraine that the hold-up of that money has absolutely nothing to do with efforts, including by Rudy Giuliani, to try to dig up dirt on the Biden family?”

Pence: “Well, on the first question, the answer is no.  But we — with President Zelensky yesterday, we discussed — we discussed America’s support for Ukraine and the upcoming decision the President will make on the latest tranche of financial support in great detail.”

Doug Christian, Capitol Hill

 

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