United States moved to freeze Ukraine aid 90 minutes after Trump phone call

Last Updated: Dec 23 2019 17:54
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According to an internal email, a United States budget official told the Pentagon to “hold off” on military aid to Kiev 90 minutes after a controversial phone call between President Donald Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky.

The email was part of a series published by the investigative nonprofit Center for Public Integrity.

Trump is accused of withholding $400 million in assistance to Ukraine to push Kiev to investigate his political rival Joe Biden.

“Based on guidance I have received and in light of the Administration’s plan to review assistance to Ukraine... please hold off on any additional DoD obligations of these funds,” Office of Management and Budget official Michael Duffy wrote in an email to Pentagon officials.

“Given the sensitive nature of the request, I appreciate your keeping that information closely held to those who need to know,” Duffey added.