Democrats have now charged for months, along with approving an impeachment article, that President Donald Trump abused his power in a call with Ukraine, saying he would withhold aide from the country if they didn’t investigate possible corruption surrounding Hunter Biden and Burisma.
But Ted Cruz wants to know why these same House Democrats — like Reps. Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler — weren’t up in arms about Obama withholding lethal military aide from the embattled country.
“If there is such a compelling national security interest to give military aide to Ukraine, then what do these House Democrats have to say about the years that Barack Obama refused to give lethal military aide to Ukraine?” Cruz asked during a break in the senate trial’s opening statements.
.@tedcruz: "If there is such a compelling national security interest to give military aide to Ukraine, then what do these House Democrats have to say about the years that Barack Obama refused to give lethal military aide to Ukraine?" pic.twitter.com/NgVq6E2wXs
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Cruz was likely referring to details provided by National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien, who appeared on CBS’s “Face the Nation” late last year and mentioned the lack of aid provided by the Obama administration to Ukraine in 2014.
“I was there as part of a bipartisan election observation mission and I had young Ukrainian soldiers and young Ukrainians come up to me and say, ‘Why won’t the U.S., the arsenal of democracy, send us lethal aid? You’re sending us blankets and MREs. Why won’t President Obama send us military aid?’”
O’Brien added that the Obama administration hadn’t provided military aid to Ukraine, but “when President Trump got into office, he sent military aid.”
“So I think what people ought to be focusing on is the president has been helping the Ukrainians defend themselves by sending them lethal – lethal military aid to stand up to the Russians,” he said. “That’s the real story that’s been lost in all this.”
“President Trump is the first president to send lethal military aid to Ukraine. I think it’s very important. And I think that’s something that’s been lost in – in all the hullabaloo about the – about the telephone call [between Trump and Zelensky on July 25],” he concluded.