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Sat Nov 2, 2019, 11:03 PM

A presidential loathing for Ukraine is at the heart of the impeachment inquiry

Source: Washington Post

A presidential loathing for Ukraine is at the heart of the impeachment inquiry

By Greg Jaffe and Josh Dawsey
November 2, 2019 at 3:45 p.m. EDT

Three of President Trump’s top advisers met with him in the Oval Office in May, determined to convince him that the new Ukrainian leader was an ally deserving of U.S. support.

They had barely begun their pitch when Trump unloaded on them, according to current and former U.S. officials familiar with the meeting. In Trump’s mind, the officials said, Ukraine’s entire leadership had colluded with the Democrats to undermine his 2016 presidential campaign.

“They tried to take me down,” Trump railed.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry, the senior member of the group, assured Trump that the new Ukrainian president was different — a reformer in Trump’s mold who had even quoted President Ronald Reagan in his inaugural address, for which the three advisers had been present.

But the harder they pushed in the Oval Office, the more Trump resisted.

“They are horrible, corrupt people,” Trump told them.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Nov 3, 2019, 12:47 AM

1. Kick

Since his first days in office, Trump has made clear that he has little patience for alliances or anything that commits the United States to defending a weaker ally. He has repeatedly questioned the utility of NATO and harangued Europeans for not contributing more to the common defense. U.S. officials describe Trump’s mind-set as short term and transactional. Instead of looking for allies, Trump is forever in search of a deal, they say.

This was the impulse that led him to see what he could squeeze out of the Ukrainians in exchange for an Oval Office meeting, officials said.

“The whole episode is sadly unsurprising,” said a senior U.S. official familiar with U.S. policy on Ukraine. “It’s the epitome of impulsive, self-serving decision-making at the top that has undermined American power.”

In the end, most U.S. officials agreed that Trump’s anger with Ukraine, like many of his grievances, was connected with the 2016 election and his feeling that Ukraine was responsible for the humiliating fall of Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman. Trump’s hatred, they concluded, was ingrained, irrational and possibly irreversible.

“Ukraine has always been problematic, from Day One,” Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), a close Trump ally and Russia hawk, said in an interview. “He’s heard a lot about Ukraine from a lot of people.”

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Response to dalton99a (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 3, 2019, 12:52 AM

2. He's such a fu***ng moron.

I continue to be amazed by how far our country has fallen.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Nov 3, 2019, 02:20 PM

3. What a load of horseshit

Doturds supposed hatred of Ukraine is nothing more than what Putin instructed. Doturd is Putin's bitch. PERIOD.
Can't wait to find out what Putin has on Benedict Doturd.

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