Given the damning detail in Ambassador Taylor’s description of how Trump withheld military aid to force the Ukraine to assist Trump politically, the White House’s defense this morning was to concede most of the matter but then insist that there could not have been a quid pro quo because the Ukrainians were unaware that military aid was being withheld.
That seemed like a weak argument. Given that Ukrainian commanders are operating in active war zone, one would think they might notice if their supply lines were disrupted. Running out of anti-tank missiles is something of a dead giveaway that something is up with the supply.
Now the New York Times is out with evidence that the Ukrainians were fully aware that the aid pipeline was being squeezed.
Time for Team Trump to retreat to a new line of defense. Any ideas about what they will come up with? There other defense this morning was the Taylor, among others, were “radical unelected bureaucrats”. Given that Taylor was appointed to the Ukraine post twice – first by George W. Bush and second by Donald John Trump that is laughable.
Trump needs a better defense. Can anyone help him out?