Aides to Ukraine’s leader, Volodymyr Zelensky, decided that military aid and support for peace talks outweighed the risks of appearing to take sides in American politics.
Karoun DemirjianUkrainian president Zelensky was prepared to make the statement Trump wanted in a Fareed Zakaria interview on Sept 13, @AndrewKramerNYT reports, but was effectively saved by the bell when Trump released the military aid late Sept. 11.
Lawmakers from both parties are questioning the legality of the planned move.
Karoun DemirjianRemember that fight about the Trump admin wanting to massively cut foreign aid, and Congress resisting? They may do it anyway, through a loophole in the law that will likely let them claw back $3 billion. w/@CMorelloWP
The effort from Sens. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) has the support of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Congress’ most well-respected statesman and a regular critic of Trump’s stance on NATO and Russia.