Mike Pompeo says OBAMA has withheld Ukraine's military aid while vigorously defending Donald Trump's controversial call with the Ukrainian president
- State Secretary Mike Pompeo went offensive in interviews on Wednesday
- Defended Trump's controversial phone call with the Ukrainian president
- Said it was actually Obama who refused military assistance to the Ukrainian government
- Implicit that the Hunter Biden transactions had affected the previous administration
- House will vote on Thursday and authorize a formal investigation into allegations
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo went on the offensive and defended President Donald Trump and suggested that it was actually the Obama administration that was evil in Ukraine.
In an interview with Fox News host Martha MacCallum on Wednesday night, Pompeo said there was nothing wrong with Trump's call to the Ukrainian president in July.
& # 39; What I know is that I was calling, I listened to the call, I thought the way the president dealt with it was appropriate & he said.
The call is now central to an impeachment investigation by the House, where Democrats claim that Trump threatened to withhold military aid if Ukraine did not investigate his political rival Joe Biden.
In an interview with Fox News on Wednesday night, Pompeo said there was nothing wrong with Trump's call to the Ukrainian president in July
& # 39; This is the government that supplied defensive weapon systems to Ukraine & # 39 ;, said Pompeo about the Trump government.
& # 39; The previous government … I could not tell you why, I could not answer whether it was because of Hunter Biden that Barack Obama and Vice President Biden had not given defensive weapon systems to Ukraine, & # 39; he continued.
& # 39; They will have to answer for that. Maybe I just don't have the whole story, & Pompeo said.
In the heart of Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelensky, with Trump on July 25, the US was asked to sell Javelin anti-tank missiles.
After Zelensky suggested that he want to buy more Javelins, Trump asked him for a & # 39; favor & # 39; and later encouraged him to investigate Hunter Biden.
The sale of the Javelins was approved by the State Department at the end of last month.
The Obama administration did indeed refuse to sell Ukrainian military hardware, as Pompeo claimed, under the stated justification that such sales would escalate tensions with Russia.
The Obama administration did refuse to sell deadly military hardware from Ukraine – of which Pompeo suggested there was a connection with the transactions of Joe Biden & # 39; s son there
In other interviews, Pompeo reiterated his claim that former President Barack Obama and Vice President Biden may have withheld aid to Ukraine corrupted.
& # 39; This is the government that supplied defensive weapon systems [to Ukraine]. I could not say why the Obama administration chose not to do this [arming Ukraine]. Was it because of Hunter Biden? I don't know! & # 39; he told the New York Post on Wednesday.
Several commentators rejected Pompeo's premise, while New York Times Edward Wong's diplomatic correspondent considered it a & # 39; conspiracy theory & # 39; called.
& # 39; This insinuation makes no sense. Pompeo, the American top diplomat, no longer seems to worry about trying to build a reputation as a real talker, & Wong wrote on Twitter.
NPR & # 39; s diplomatic correspondent, Michele Kelemen, agreed: & # 39; The Obama admin did not give Ukraine weapons not to feed the conflict. They made their case, nice or not. & # 39;
On Thursday, Parliament will vote on a resolution to formalize the Democrat's sediment investigation, which is expected to pass on partisan lines.
The resolution gives the House Intelligence Committee chairman new powers to oversee the trial, and requires that he write a report with recommendations for the court committee, which will prepare and recommend accusation articles.