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Trump’s acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, said that the delay in distributing military aid to Ukraine was indeed connected to an investigation of the 2016 hacking of the Democratic National Committee.

Eamon Javers
(@EamonJavers)
Mulvaney on Ukraine: says the request for a look back to what happened in 2016 WAS part of the reason why Trump held up military aid to Ukraine. The president has previously denied that. Says “we do that all the time with foreign policy.”

This is only the latest in a long series of shifting explanations from the White House for why the money was held up.

Abby D. Phillip
(@abbydphillip)
Mulvaney is at the WH podium saying casually that the WH held up security money from Ukraine until Trump got assurances that the government investigate a conspiracy theory about the 2016 election and the DNC server. A conspiracy theory.

But Mulvaney said there was nothing improper in the president’s communications with Ukraine because the delayed aid was not at all connected to a potential investigation of Joe Biden.

However, the White House’s own memo on the president’s call with the Ukrainian president shows that Trump brought up a potential investigation of Biden and his son, despite lacking any evidence to back up his corruption claims against the pair.

The G7 summit will be hosted at one of Trump’s resorts near Miami, which is already seeing the consequences of the climate crisis in higher temperatures and rising sea levels.

But the president’s acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, said the climate crisis would not be on the agenda for the multi-nation summit.

Seung Min Kim
(@seungminkim)
“Climate change will not be on the agenda” at next year’s G-7, Mulvaney says

Trump was criticized earlier this year for skipping a climate session at the G7 summit in France.

Mulvaney brushed off a question from a reporter about how Trump could criticize Joe Biden for alleged self-dealing (with no evidence) when he is hosting a G7 summit at the president’s resort.

Sahil Kapur
(@sahilkapur)
Asked how the president can hit Joe Biden’s family for profiting off his vice presidency when he’s hosting the G7 at his property, Mick Mulvaney says with a chuckle: “He’s going to do that extraordinarily well.”

Abby D. Phillip
(@abbydphillip)
The WH announces that the absolute best place in the United States of America to host the G-7 just happens to be owned by the president. Pretty incredible given their efforts to attack Biden, with no evidence, over the appearance of getting some kind of benefit from US policy.

Criticism of hosting the G7 summit at Trump’s Florida resort first surfaced earlier this year, when reports emerged that the property was being considered as a host site.

Some noted that the club had previously settled a case with a guest who complained his room had beg bugs.

Karen Travers
(@karentravers)
When reports emerged in Aug that Doral golf club could host the G7, Trump said he was “not at all” concerned about ethical implications of using a diplomatic gathering to promote club run by his own company.