President Donald Trump reportedly instructed his acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, to delay more than $390 million in military aid to Ukraine. According to The Washington Post, Trump’s demand was made at least a week before his July phone call with the Ukrainian president in which Trump allegedly urged Volodymyr Zelensky to dig up dirt on his potential election rival Joe Biden.
Trump defended the aid delay on Monday, saying he’d ordered the holdup because of concerns about corruption in Ukraine.
“Why would you give money to a country that you think is corrupt?” Trump told reporters at a United Nations event, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Trump later said the delay had not been employed as a tactic to pressure Zelensky.
“I did not make a statement that you have to do this or I won’t give you aid,” he said. “I didn’t put any pressure on them whatsoever.”
He added, however, “I think it would probably, possibly have been OK if I did.”
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
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