WHITE HOUSE OUTSIDE COUNSEL SEKULOW: Manager Crow said this: “what’s more interesting to me about this is President Trump was only interested in Ukraine aid.” His words. “Nobody else. The U.S. provides aid to dozens of countries around the world, lots of partners and allies. He didn’t ask about any of them. Just Ukraine.” I appreciate your service to our country. I really do. I didn’t serve in the military, and I appreciate that. But let’s get our facts straight. That is what Manager Crow said. Here’s what actually happened. President Trump has placed holds on aid a number of times. Would just take basic due diligence to figure this out.
In September 2019, the Administration announced it was withholding over $100 Million in aid to Afghanistan over concerns about government corruption. In August 2019, President Trump announced that the Administration and Seoul were in talks to substantially increase South Korea’s share, burden sharing, of the expenses of U.S. military aid support for South Korea. In June, President Trump cut or paused over $550 Million of foreign aid to El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala because those countries were not fairly sharing the burden of mass migration to the United States. In June, the Administration temporarily paused $105 Million in aid to Lebanon. The administration lifted that hold in December with one official explaining the Administration continually reviews and thoroughly evaluates the effectiveness of all United States foreign assistance to ensure funds go towards activities that further U.S. foreign policy, and also further our national security interests, like any Administration would. In September 2018 the Administration canceled the $300 Million — $300 Million in military aid to Pakistan because it was not meeting its counter terrorism obligations.
You didn’t hear about any of that from my Democratic colleagues, the House Managers. None of that was discussed.