Mulvaney defends his comments about Ukraine aid, denies he offered to resign

Mulvaney defends his comments about Ukraine aid, denies he offered to resign

Since the news conference, Mulvaney had been furiously backpedaling.

Mulvaney said Thursday that there was no need for an impeachment "war room" at the White House: "You don't have a war room when you haven't done anything wrong".

Donald Trump 'saw an opportunity to take the biggest leaders from around the world and he wanted to put on the absolute best show, the best visit that he possibly could and he was very confident of doing that at Doral, ' Mick Mulvaney says. "But that's it and that's why we held up the money". We talked about this at some length.

He added, "The president was also concerned about whether other nations, specifically European nations, were helping with foreign aid to Ukraine".

The White House stressed that Mr. Trump would not stand to profit personally from the event - Mr. Mulvaney said it could be held "at cost", meaning that Mr. Trump would not make money - but the Doral would still have received a large amount of free publicity simply by hosting the summit.

The news conference on Thursday left aides in the West Wing dumbfounded at the former SC congressman's performance and some quarters of Trump's orbit - the Justice Department and Trump's personal attorney, among them - dissociating themselves from his account.

Trump has repeatedly accused former Democratic presidential nomination hopeful Joe Biden's family of profiting from public office because of Hunter Biden's business activities in Ukraine when his father was vice president. Wallace outright asked Mulvaney if he considered resigning after the stunning press conference Thursday, in which he admitted to reporters that there was a discussion of withholding aid to Ukraine in exchange for an investigation into a right-wing conspiracy about an alleged DNC server in Ukraine.

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Mulvaney told reporters Thursday that military aid to Ukraine that had already been appropriated by Congress was being used as leverage for Trump's demand that Kyiv investigate a debunked conspiracy theory.

"The aid flowed", Mulvaney said Sunday.

MULVANEY: Well, and a couple different things. On Sunday, he again denied having confirmed a quid pro quo, but conceded that he did not "speak clearly" on Thursday.

Mulvaney had insisted that White House staff concluded that Doral was "far and away the best physical facility" and tried to push back at concerns raised by Democrats and some Republicans that Trump was using the presidency to enrich himself.

"What you described is a quid pro quo", Karl pressed. "So my language never said quid pro quo". He just accepted its existence as a fact.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican who voted to condemn Mr. Trump's Syria decision, said on Fox News that he didn't think Congress should take any more action, including moving forward on sanctions against Turkey, until the administration had a chance to brief lawmakers on their progress overseas. While his predecessor John F. Kelly could impose some order, Mulvaney can't even go on television without making things worse. The backstabbing of the Kurds, the Ukraine call and the attempted Doral Group of Seven summit - each normally an administration-defining scandal by itself - have all taken place in the past five months, and all on Mulvaney's watch. "I still think I'm doing a pretty good job as the chief of staff, and I think the president agrees". "Absolutely", Mulvaney concluded on Fox.

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