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Trump Budget Chief Doesnt Expect Another Freeze on Ukraine Aid

The acting chief of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) said he doesnt expect the Trump administration to place another hold on congressionally approved aid to Ukraine.

“I dont anticipate anything on that front,” Ross Vought told reporters Feb. 12 in Washington after a House of Representatives budget hearing.

“I am not going to take any tools that the president has off the table, but I dont anticipate anything on that front.”

Vought was appearing for the first time on Capitol Hill since the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump began in September 2019. The inquiry focused on a phone call Trump had with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in July 2019 and Trumps decision to pause congressionally approved aid to Ukraine.

The House approved articles of impeachment against Trump but failed to convince a majority of senators to call additional witnesses during the Senate trial, or a supermajority of senators to vote to convict Trump. The president was acquitted by a majority on both articles on Feb. 5.

Vought, who was subpoenaed during the House inquiry, declined to appear, as did other White House officials who were called to testify.

Asked by reporters after the hearing about the administration using its apportionment authority on the funds headed to Ukraine, Vought answered, “There are no plans currently to manage the peoples money in any way thats other than trying to make sure its economical and efficient.”

The Government Accountability Office, Congresss nonprofit watchdog, said earlier this year that the OMB improperly froze the funds meant for Ukraine.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky
U.S. President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky
President Donald Trump, right, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speak during a meeting in New York on Sept. 25, 2019. (Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)

“Faithful execution of the law does not permit the president to substitute his own policy priorities for those that Congress has enacted into law. OMB withheld Read More – Source

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