An article from The New York Times claimed that President Trump requested the aid to Ukraine be held 91 minutes after President Trump’s phone call with Volodymyr Zelensky.
New emails released by the Pentagon show that White House officials discussed suspending military aid to Ukraine after President Trump spoke to President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine https://t.co/gHcstGqrNq
— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 22, 2019
It turns out that the Trump administration actually requested the aid be held seven days prior:
The OMB immediately pushed back explaining the aid hold was actually announced seven days prior to Trump’s July 25 phone call and that the Center for Public Integrity was harping on one line within 146 pages of documents that the organization obtained to paint an inaccurate and misleading picture of the timing of the aid hold.
The OMB strongly denied that the email, one of many, had anything to do with Trump’s phone call, explaining the communication was part of an ongoing process put into place one week early.
The email being hyped by the media shows an official with the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Mike Duffey, contacted Pentagon officials 91 minutes after Trump’s call with Zelensky to discuss withholding aid.
Rachel Semmel, a spokeswoman for OMB, told reporters it was “reckless to tie the hold of funds to the phone call.”
“As has been established and publicly reported, the hold was announced in an interagency meeting on July 18,” she said. “To pull a line out of one email and fail to address the context is misleading and inaccurate.”
A senior administration official further said the email was part of a discussion already going on for one week between OMB and the Pentagon about withholding aid.
The New York Times got the emails from The Center for Public Integrity, a Soros funded organization.
This is completely insane. Even if this story was completely true would it matter? Nowhere in the partial transcript that was released do we see any new evidence of the supposed quid-pro-quo.
The New York Times is trying to keep the impeachment sham alive but it clearly isn’t working.
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