in the vicinityVideoMick Mulvaney on fallout of quid pro quo comments, Trump the Syria strategy
Acting White house chief of staff Mick Mulvaney joins Chris Wallace for an exclusive interview on ‘Fox News Sunday.’
Acting White house chief of staff Mick Mulvaney insists, he did not admit to misconduct on the part of President Trump for comments he made during a marathon press conference Thursday were interpreted as evidence for a quid pro quo linking military aid to Ukraine with an investigation of potential Ukrainian participation with the Democrats in the election of 2016.
Democrats accused delay of Trump temporarily, to use $391 million in development aid to help the Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, the probe. Mulvaney seemed to indicate that the two were connected, but now he claims it was a misunderstanding.
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“That’s what people say, that I said, but I didn’t want to tell you,” Mulvaney claimed on “Fox News Sunday,” to insist that his words be taken the wrong way. Mulvaney acknowledged that President Trump mentioned it had hacked concerns in relation to Ukraine and the Democratic National Committee, server, “but it was not connected to the help.”
The confusion about whether or not Mulvaney was admitted to a quid pro quo came from an exchange with ABC News reporter Jon Karl. Karl asked whether the investigation in Ukraine is possible, connections to the Democrats in the election of 2016 was associated with the retention of the money, stating that this is a quid pro quo.
“We do this all the time with foreign policy,” said Mulvaney. He issued a statement later, stating that “there was absolutely no quid pro quo between the Ukrainian military aid, and to carry out an investigation into the election of 2016.”
The investigation was part of a telephone conversation between the two leaders of the world, but both Trump and Zelensky have insisted there was no pressure. The call was the basis for an anonymous whistleblower complaint, which has included the basis for a law-enforcement investigations, several closed-door interviews with officials with respect to U.S.-Ukraine relations. The complaint also alleged that Trump wanted the Ukraine to help Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter ‘ s transactions with Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings.
Sunday morning, Mulvaney claims that the best proof that there is no quid pro quo is the fact that the Trump administration up turning over the money.
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“The aid is flowing,” said Mulvaney, stating that the money went through the Trump management was pleased with two things: the Ukrainian efforts to control corruption in the country and other Nations in financial support for Ukraine.
“Once these two things have been clarified, the money flowed,” said Mulvaney. He also pointed to the July 25 telephone conversation between Trump and Zelensky, sparked interest in a possible quid pro quo, stating that nothing in the prompt, the help for the investigation.
“Go back to what is actually happening in the real world,” he said. “Go back to the call.”
Host Chris Wallace pointed out that during the briefing, said Mulvaney, there were three factors, not two, and that the corruption in the country, whether or not in other countries to pay, and whether or not it was helping with the investigation.
Mulvaney said that it was all part of the “legitimate” interest.
“No. 1, it is legitimate that the President want to know what is going on with the ongoing investigation in the server … it is perfectly legitimate to ask about that. No. 2, it is legitimate to tie the aid to corruption, is it legitimate to aid to foreign aid from other countries. This is what I mean with the three. I can see how people took that the wrong way? Absolutely. But I never said it was a quid pro quo, because it is up to you.”
Mulvaney answered by us, not on what he said, but “the facts on the ground.”
“Go back to what is actually happening in the real world,” said Mulvaney. “Go back to the call.”
According to Mulvaney Thursday, briefing, senior Department of Justice official is said they had no knowledge of the connection between the aid and all of the DOJ investigation.
“If the White house reluctance to help in relation to the cooperation with an investigation at the Department of justice, this is a message to us was,” the official said.
Wallace asked Mulvaney, if he should even contemplate resignation after Thursday’s briefing.
“Absolutely not,” he said.
Mulvaney also spoke about the controversy surrounding President Trump’s withdrawal of American troops from Northern Syria, followed by Turkish violence against Kurds in the region. The Trump administration negotiated terms for a 120-hour ceasefire, accusing both sides now, not to hurt the other.
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Republican leaders have spoken out against Trump, the decision to withdraw from the region, Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell, recently called it a “serious” error.
Mulvaney said Trump “acknowledges the fact that it is politically popular in this city of the decision he made to move, the troops from Syria,” but he promised not to do it, if he ran for President, and now he’s doing it. Mulvaney played down a reduction in the support for trump to be the GOP, instead refers to what he said, is an increase in the support in swing states.