September 25, 2019

Here’s what you need to know about the US aid package to Ukraine that Trump delayed

Featuring Jim Townsend

Source: Defense News

Journalists Joe Gould, Howard Altman

At the center of the latest scandal threatening to take down President Donald Trump is $391 million in military aid that Trump reportedly asked his staff to freeze for two months before dropping the hold a week ago, under pressure from lawmakers.

On Wednesday, Washington was consumed with a July 25 call between Trump and Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy. According to a memorandum of the call released by the White House, Zelenskiy asked to buy U.S. Javelin anti-tank weapons and Trump asked Zelenskiy to help him work with U.S. officials to investigate political rivals.

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  • Jim Townsend

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Security Program

    James Joye Townsend Jr. is an adjunct senior fellow in the CNAS Transatlantic Security Program. After eight years as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for European ...