“Tremendous corruption”: Trump explains why he asked to block aid to Ukraine

Trump said he had later unblocked the aid because Senator Rob Portman of Ohio and others called him and asked.

U.S. President Donald Trump has said he was blocking military aid to Ukraine over “tremendous corruption” in the country.

“…Ukraine is known – before him [President Volodymyr Zelensky] – for tremendous corruption. Tremendous. More than just about any country in the world. In fact, they’re rated one of the most corrupt countries in the world. And I don’t like giving money to a country that’s that corrupt,” he said at a joint press conference with President Sauli Niinistö of the Republic of Finland on October 2, 2019.

Trump said he had later unblocked the aid because Senator Rob Portman of Ohio and others called him and asked.

“But I don’t like to be the sucker. And European countries are helped far more than we are, and those countries should pay more to help Ukraine,” he added.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Politico wrote that Trump in summer asked his national security team to review funding under a program known as the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative. So, the possibility of using US$250 million allocated to Ukraine for security assistance was suspended.

Later, the Democratic chairs of two House committees called on the White House to release documents relating to its decision to withhold the Ukraine funds.

(Unian)

7 comments

  1. You are talking BS Trump. Ukraine ranks 120 out of 180 in the Corruption Perceptions Index. Nowhere near perfect, but hardly one of the most corrupt countries in the world. Perhaps Trump could explain spending $52 billion a year in Afghanistan, a country 52 places lower down than Ukraine in terms of corruption?

    • He can’t be bothered to hide his hatred of Ukraine any more. Neither can he hide his support of the far more corrupt and evil putlerstan regime. Sadly, the American people are being manipulated. As a direct result of Trump’s despicable behaviour, his fans who would normally be supportive of Ukraine, are full of contempt for it and have joined in with the putler worshipping cult. Bastards like Steve Bannon (Breitbart) are fueling Ukraine hatred, along with gateway pundit, Michael Savage and Alex Jones. It’s a disastrous state of affairs.

  2. Trump proving once again he’s got the ass wide open! And of course Putin already came to help Donny out when defending him during a press conference. What sad times if we need a ruskie dicktator to defend a US president…

  3. “Ukraine is known – before him [President Volodymyr Zelensky] – for tremendous corruption. Tremendous. More than just about any country in the world. In fact, they’re rated one of the most corrupt countries in the world.”
    Be real Donald.
    According to tranparency internation Ukraine’s corruption rating in 18 is 4 points 32 vs 28 and about 18 ranks 120vs138 better than your home boy Putin.
    In fact Ukraines score of 32 is better than these US allies;
    Mexico 28
    Afghanistan 16
    Iraq 18
    Djibouti 31
    and it is comparable with”
    Columbia 36
    Egypt 34
    So lets save some money and old up funding for theses countries.

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