Donald Trump takes credit for arming Ukraine, ignores first impeachment


Former President Donald Trump took credit for arming the Ukrainian military at a rally in South Carolina.

Trump was first impeached in December 2019 for appearing to withhold US military aid to Ukraine unless Kiev investigated Joe Biden’s son, Hunter.

Speaking at the rally in Florence on Saturday night, Trump denounced President Biden’s handling of Russia’s war with Ukraine, telling the crowd, “Remember that with Ukraine, I have sent the javelins that you saw so effective against tanks. Biden did not.

“And, in fact, he ended our last order. He probably will because everyone realized it was the right thing to do.”

Trump also claimed his personality was keeping the United States “out of war” and warned that Russian President Vladimir Putin would not stop his invasion of Ukraine.

During his speech to his supporters, Trump claimed that “no one has ever been tougher on Russia” than him.

The Republican leader then accused former President Barack Obama and then-Vice President Biden of being weak in their response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

Trump added: “Remember Obama-Biden, they sent blankets. I sent javelins and they sent – ​​you know what javelins are?

“It was anti-tank weapons that destroyed these tanks and Ukraine wouldn’t stand a chance without them.

“All of this was sent by me. All of this. We also sent other military equipment. We didn’t send our soldiers, but we sent them a lot of equipment.”

While the Obama administration resisted sending lethal aid to Ukraine after the annexation of Crimea, it has committed a $1.3 billion assistance package from of 2016. Part of that program included funds to bolster defenses, according to the White House.

This week, the Biden administration paved the way for a new shipment of military hardware to Ukraine, estimated at $200 million, Reuters reports.

While former President Trump has touted his deadly aid to Ukraine estimated at hundreds of millions, he failed to mention how the country accounted for his first impeachment attempt.

In 2019, Trump was impeached in the House of Representatives over allegations of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

At the heart of the allegations was that Trump had withheld $391 million in military aid from Ukraine in an effort to pressure his administration into announcing an investigation into then-Democratic presidential nominee Biden.

Trump reportedly sought the cooperation of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Biden’s son Hunter’s time spent as an adviser for Burisma, an energy company in the country.

A recording of Trump’s July 25 phone call with President Volodymyr Zelensky, “There is a lot of talk about Biden’s son, who Biden has stopped the lawsuits and a lot of people want to know about it, so anything you can do with the Attorney General would be great.”

The impeachment attempt and an unprecedented second effort to remove Trump from office for his attempts to overturn the election result failed.

On Saturday, censored Republican Representative Adam Kinzinger admitted he regretted not impeaching the former president over his stance on Ukraine.

In a series of tweets shared on Friday, Kinzinger said, “I want to be honest, in Congress, I only have a few votes that get in the way. [hindsight] I am sorry. My biggest regret was voting against Donald Trump’s first impeachment.”

He added: “It’s important for political leaders to be transparent and admit regret when needed. In the end, Donald Trump withheld lethal aid to Ukraine so he could use it as leverage. for his campaign. This is a shameful and illegal act, directly hurting Ukraine’s defense today.”

Trump has also drawn the ire of Republican Rep. Tom Rice from South Carolina, who said he was “consumed with a grudge” after the former president attacked him at the rally in Florence.

Rice had been one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump over allegations that he instigated his supporters to attack the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Newsweek contacted a Trump representative for comment.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the crowd during a rally at Florence Regional Airport March 12, 2022 in Florence, South Carolina. Trump failed to mention why he faced his first impeachment.
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