Categories for Foreign Aid

31,148. 12/3/2019

FOREIGN AID/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “RT @Jim_Jordan: Between July 18th when aid was paused and Sept 11th when it was released, there were 5 interactions between President Zelen…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 3, 2019 6:28 pm

31,128. 12/2/2019

FOREIGN AID/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “RT @DailyMail: Ukraine’s President Zelensky renews denial of a quid pro quo with Trump over military aid https://t.co/0OB3JQfJND

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 2, 2019 9:10 pm

31,050. 11/26/2019

FOREIGN AID/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “‘OMB Official: Ukraine Aid Held Up Because Other Countries Weren’t Giving’ https://t.co/nYwMq3M5SB 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, November 26, 2019 9:50 pm

31,005. 11/25/2019

EMAILS/FOREIGN AID/IMPEACHMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “A White House review of President Donald Trump’s decision to withhold nearly $400 million in US military aid to Ukraine showed an extensive effort to justify that hold after it was placed and a debate over its legality, The Washington Post reported Sunday. The Post, citing three people familiar with the records, said the White House Counsel’s Office surfaced hundreds of documents through a confidential review prompted by the House impeachment inquiry into Trump’s dealings with Ukraine. Emails between acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and White House budget officials from early August showed a search for an explanation for why Trump stalled the money Congress had approved to go to Ukraine after the President had ordered it held the month before.”

Paul LeBlanc and Zachary B. Wolf, “New emails tee up another week in the House impeachment inquiry into Trump,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, November 25, 2019 6:24 am

30,587. 11/13/2019

FOREIGN AID/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “RT @Jim_Jordan: Aid was delayed by just 55 days. During that time, we verified that President Zelensky was the real deal. https://t.co/TWJ…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, November 13, 2019 10:36 pm

30,363. 11/7/2019

CONGRESS/ETHICS/FOREIGN AID/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “Congress’ nonpartisan watchdog said Thursday [11-7-19] it is reviewing the Trump administration’s decision this summer to hold up hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid for Ukraine to determine whether officials violated appropriations law by not notifying Congress of the hold. POLITICO first reported in August about the freeze placed on $250 million in funds meant to help Ukraine deter Russian aggression, despite the money already having been appropriated by Congress. The hold, which numerous administration officials have suggested in testimony was conditioned on Ukraine agreeing to launch investigations into Trump’s political rivals, is at the heart of the ongoing impeachment probe in the House…A spokesman for the Government Accountability Office confirmed that the agency is reviewing whether the administration violated appropriations law by failing to notify Congress of the development after Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) requested the review during a Senate Budget Committee hearing last week.”

Caitlin Oprysko, “GAO reviewing Trump administration freeze on Ukraine military aid,” Politico, November 7, 2019 4:35 pm

30,331. 11/6/2019

AMBASSADOR/FOREIGN AID/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “RT @RepDougCollins: Here’s Ambassador Taylor testifying that Ukraine was not aware of a hold on military aid until the end of August, over…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, November 6, 2019 6:27 pm

29,797. 10/23/2019

FOREIGN AID/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “Neither he (Taylor) or any other witness has provided testimony that the Ukrainians were aware that military aid was being withheld. You can’t have a quid pro quo with no quo.’ Congressman John Ratcliffe @foxandfriends Where is the Whistleblower? The Do Nothing Dems case is DEAD!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 23, 2019 6:32 am

29,783. 10/22/2019

FOREIGN AID/INVESTIGATIONS/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “The top U.S. envoy to Ukraine told House impeachment investigators on Tuesday [10-22-19] that President Donald Trump sought to withhold critical military aid to Ukraine and refuse a White House meeting with the country’s president unless he pursued politically motivated investigations into Trump’s rivals. The diplomat, William Taylor, painted a damaging portrait of events that directly tied Trump to a quid pro quo with Ukraine, according to his prepared remarks obtained by POLITICO and his responses to questions as described by sources in the room for the closed-door testimony. The timeline Taylor laid out during his nearly 10 hours testifying before investigators is at the heart of Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into the president. The 50-year veteran of government service systematically dismantled Trump’s repeated denials that he sought to leverage American military and diplomatic might to coerce an ally into a coordinated campaign to damage his potential 2020 rival.”

Andrew Desiderio and Kyle Cheney, “Top U.S. envoy ties Trump directly to Ukraine quid pro quo,” Politico, October 22, 2019 9:07 pm

29,730. 10/21/2019

FOREIGN AID/FOREIGN POLICY/IMPEACHMENT/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “A July 25 call between President Trump and the president of Ukraine is the basis for an impeachment inquiry into whether Mr. Trump withheld American military aid until Ukrainian officials investigated former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his son, Hunter. Last week the acting White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, effectively acknowledged the quid pro quo, although he said the aid was in part contingent on Ukraine’s investigating Mr. Trump’s widely debunked theory that Ukraine, not Russia, was responsible for hacking Democratic Party emails in 2016. The theory is politically helpful to Mr. Trump because it would show he was elected president without that Russian help. Mr. Mulvaney was unapologetic in his remarks. ‘I have news for everybody: Get over it,’ Mr. Mulvaney told reporters at the White House. ‘There’s going to be political influence in foreign policy.’”

Katie Rogers, “‘Get Over It’? Why Political Influence in Foreign Policy Matte,” The New York Times online, October 21, 2019

29,570. 10/17/2019

FOREIGN AID/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE/UKRAINE: “President Donald Trump’s withholding of $391 million in military aid to Ukraine was linked to his request that the Ukrainians look into a claim – debunked as a conspiracy theory – about the 2016 U.S. election, a senior presidential aide said on Thursday [10-17-19], the first time the White House acknowledged such a connection. Trump and administration officials had denied for weeks that they had demanded a ‘quid pro quo’ – a Latin phrase meaning a favor for a favor – for delivering the U.S. aid, a key part of a controversy that has triggered an impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives against the Republican president.

Jeff Mason, Karen Freifeld, “White House acknowledges strings attached in Trump withholding Ukraine aid,” Reuters, October 17, 2019 3:16 am

29,185. 10/7/2019

DEFENSE/FOREIGN AID/IMPEACHMENT/NATIONAL SECURITY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “The House on Monday [10-7-19] expanded its sprawling impeachment inquiry, issuing subpoenas to the Defense Department and the Office of Management and Budget for documents that could solve lingering mysteries about whether President Trump’s decision to withhold security aid for Ukraine was tied to his efforts to pressure the government there to investigate his political rivals. The action kicked off what was expected to be another busy week of investigation in Washington, where questions related to Ukraine appear increasingly likely to result in a vote on Mr. Trump’s impeachment. Two senior American diplomats caught up in the scandal are scheduled to speak to investigators before the week is through, while a third who was scheduled to be deposed on Monday failed to show up. And lawmakers appeared to be in the final stages of arranging a highly secure interview with the anonymous C.I.A. whistle-blower whose complaint prompted the inquiry.”

Nicholas Fandos, “Seeking Ukraine Aid Records, House Subpoenas White House Budget Office and Pentagon,” The New York Times online, October 7, 2019

28,707. 9/25/2019

DEFENSE/FOREIGN AID/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “President Donald Trump’s freeze of military aid for Ukraine landed this summer at a Pentagon in turmoil, led by its third acting secretary in just a few weeks — with no leader at the top with the stature to quash the move. The leadership vacuum at the top of the Defense Department is just one element in the chain of decisions on the nearly $390 million in Ukraine aid, a freeze that set the stage for a grave political crisis for Trump after POLITICO published the first report on the holdup Aug. 28. It’s also an example of the erosion of institutional checks on the Trump administration, which has installed acting or temporary leaders in a host of crucial leadership positions. Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, by contrast, had a reputation for pushing back on Trump — and when the president ordered U.S. troops withdrawn from Syria in December, overriding his commanders, Mattis rebuked him with a resignation that stunned his allies in Congress.”

Wesley Morgan, “Trump’s Ukraine holdup hit a rudderless Pentagon,” Politico, September 25, 2019 6:24 pm

28,658. 9/24/2019

FOREIGN AID/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “President Donald Trump on Tuesday [9-24-19] shifted his explanation for temporarily withholding hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine, citing what he criticized as a lack of similar financial contribution by other Western powers to the Eastern European nation. Trump’s latest remarks are at odds with his assertion Monday [9-23-19] that he denied the assistance because he feared bureaucratic corruption within Ukraine’s government. The new claim also comes after weekend reports that he repeatedly pressured newly elected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during a July phone call to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden’s son…The Washington Post first reported Monday night that Trump directed acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney to hold back nearly $400 million in military funds for Ukraine at least a week before his summer conversation with Zelensky.”

Quint Forgey, “Trump changes story on withholding Ukraine aid,” Politico, September 24, 2019 5:02 pm

28,642. 9/24/2019

EU/FOREIGN AID/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “WHAT TRUMP SAID ‘But my complaint has always been and I’ll withhold again and I’ll continue to withhold until such time as Europe and other nations contribute to Ukraine because they’re not doing it. Just the United States. We’re putting up the bulk of the money. And I’m asking why is that.’ — in remarks to reporters before the United Nations General Assembly meeting on Tuesday [9-24-19]. This is exaggerated. President Trump was responding to reports that he had directed his staff to freeze military aid to Ukraine before he pressed the country’s president to investigate unsubstantiated corruption allegations involving former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. But Mr. Trump is wrong that other countries do not contribute to Ukraine’s efforts to counteract Russian aggression in recent years. Aid across different countries is difficult to compare, as there is no single publicly accessible source that aggregates all forms of assistance. And some sources of data shows that the European Union has actually provided more aid to Ukraine than the United States.”

Linda Qiu, “Trump’s Misleading Defense for Withholding Assistance to Ukraine,” The New York Times online, September 24, 2019

28,363. 9/12/2019

FOREIGN AID/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “The Trump administration has lifted its hold on $250 million in military assistance to Ukraine following intense bipartisan backlash from lawmakers who argued that the funding is crucial for warding off Russian aggression in the region. POLITICO first reported last month that President Donald Trump asked his national security team to review funding for the program, known as the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, in order to ensure the money is being used in the best interests of the United States. A senior administration official confirmed on Thursday that the funds are now available. The official didn’t provide any information on the results of the administration’s review. Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) told POLITICO that the security assistance was released on Wednesday [9-11-19] night.”

Caitlin Emma, Jacqueline Feldscher, Wesley Morgan and Connor O’Brien, “Trump administration backs off hold on Ukraine military aid,” Politico, September 12, 2019 2:49 pm

27,691. 8/22/2019

CONGRESS/FOREIGN AID/TREASURY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump has scrapped a plan to freeze more than $4 billion in foreign aid in a move that would have been another end run around Congress’ power of the purse. The president’s decision Thursday [8-22-19] to forgo a ‘rescission’ comes after another internal tug of war between his budget advisers and Cabinet officials. But the fiscal hawks in Trump’s corner, failing again to sell him on spending restraint, blamed Congress for souring him on the idea…Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and several GOP lawmakers warned Trump over the last two weeks that the move would be detrimental to national security and to bipartisan negotiations ahead of another shutdown deadline. The president’s acting budget director, Russ Vought, and acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney had both pushed Trump to pursue the plan. Foreign aid advocates were quick to characterize Pompeo as a gutsy crusader against both fiscal hawks and progressive Democrats seeking to politicize foreign assistance.”

John Bresnahan, Jennifer Scholtes and Marianne Levine, “Trump kills plan to cut billions in foreign aid,” Politico, August 22, 2019 5:15 pm

27,329. 8/9/2019

BUDGET/FOREIGN AID/FOREIGN POLICY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump‘s budget office on Friday [8-9-19] ended its pause on several pots of foreign aid amid mounting bipartisan backlash. A senior administration official said the funding halt, which the Office of Management and Budget requested last weekend, was ‘temporary.’ OMB had asked for ‘an accounting’ of billions of dollars in foreign aid that wasn’t obligated for a specific purpose and was set to expire at the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year…Advocates are still concerned that the administration is planning to send Congress a package that would pull back billions of foreign assistance, however. OMB’s action came after House and Senate foreign policy leaders and appropriators sent letters to OMB on Friday, calling on the administration to cancel the directive holding up as much as $4 billion across 10 areas of foreign assistance, including funds for international peacekeeping operations, narcotics control and global health efforts.”

Caitlin Emma, “Trump’s budget office ends foreign aid pause,” Politico, August 9, 2019 9:11 pm

26,003. 6/25/2019

BORDER/FOREIGN AID/HOUSE OF REPS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday [6-25-19] approved a $4.5 billion aid package to address the migrant surge along the U.S.-Mexico border, including new standards for migrants in custody following reports of poor conditions facing young children at overcrowded facilities. The Democratic-led House voted 230-195, mostly along party lines, to pass the measure, but its future is uncertain. The Republican-run Senate is working on its own version of the bill, and Republican President Donald Trump has vowed to veto the House legislation, with White House officials saying it would hamstring the administration’s border enforcement efforts. Trump on May 1 requested the aid for programs that house, feed, transport and oversee record numbers of Central American families seeking asylum in the United States and straining capacity at migrant shelters in border cities. Attorneys raised alarms last week after finding more than 300 migrant children in an overcrowded Texas border patrol station, where they said some had been held for weeks in squalid conditions without adequate food and water.”

Susan Cornwell, “U.S. House passes border aid bill, Trump vows veto,” Reuters, June 25, 2019 7:47 am

24,760. 5/9/2019

CENTRAL AMERICA/DEMS/FOREIGN AID/HOUSE OF REPS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives committee moved on Thursday [5-9-19] toward restoring hundreds of millions of dollars of aid to Central America that was cut off by President Donald Trump, setting up a potential showdown with the White House. A House Appropriations subcommittee released a draft of its bill funding the State Department and foreign aid programs for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2020, that rejects the Republican president’s proposals for steep cuts. It also seeks to influence policy, including by prohibiting funds from supporting the sale of nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia and removing a Republican-led prohibition on contributions to the U.N. Green Climate Fund, and prohibits the use of funds to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. The Trump administration said in March it would cut aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras after Trump blasted the three countries because thousands of their citizens had sought asylum at the U.S. border with Mexico.”

Patricia Zengerle, “House seeks to restore Central American aid, defying Trump,” Reuters, May 9, 2019 10:30 am

23,702. 4/3/2019

CENTRAL AMERICA/FOREIGN AID/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “The Trump administration is preparing an economic relief package for Venezuela that would put United States dollars directly into the hands of Venezuelans in the event that the government of President Nicolás Maduro falls. Larry Kudlow, the director of the White House’s National Economic Council, disclosed the outlines of the plan on Wednesday as he called on Mr. Maduro to step aside and allow Juan Guaidó, the opposition leader whom the United States recognizes as Venezuela’s interim president, to take office. Plans for a comprehensive aid package for Venezuela come as President Trump is cutting aid to other countries, including Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, out of frustration over the way those nations have handled their migration policies. Mr. Trump has also threatened to cut funding to Puerto Rico, a United States territory, over its handling of federal hurricane relief funds…Venezuela has been crippled for years by hyperinflation and a failing economy that has led millions to flee for Colombia and other countries. The nation has been further disrupted since January, when opposition political leaders refused to acknowledge as legitimate the re-election of Mr. Maduro. The United States has thrown its support behind Mr. Guaidó, who declared himself interim president that month.”

Alan Rappeport, “Trump Prepares Aid Package for Venezuela in Case Maduro Government Falls,” The New York Times online, April 3, 2019

23,589. 3/29/2019

BORDER/CENTRAL AMERICA/FOREIGN AID/MEXICO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump said on Friday [3-29-19] that there would be a ‘very good likelihood’ that he would seal off the United States border with Mexico next week, even as he moved to punish Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador for migrant caravans by cutting off all foreign aid to the countries. The moves escalated a sustained berating of countries he blames for being unable to stop the flow of migrants trying to make their way north…At Mr. Trump’s direction, the State Department on Friday began the process of informing Congress that it intended to end the foreign aid. A person with knowledge of the decision said that Mr. Trump met with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday, after which diplomats were directed to begin the process of cutting off the funds by drafting letters to lawmakers. Mr. Trump publicly said as much on Friday in comments to reporters…The State Department issued a statement late on Friday saying: ‘At the secretary’s instruction, we are carrying out the president’s direction and ending FY 2017 and FY 2018 foreign assistance programs for the Northern Triangle. We will be engaging Congress as part of this process.’ Mr. Trump has threatened to close off the border and cut off aid to the three countries — known as the Northern Triangle — several times before and has not followed through.”

Katie Rogers, Zolan Kanno-Youngs and Michael D. Shear, “Trump Directs State Dept. to End Aid to 3 Central American Countries,” The New York Times online, March 29, 2019