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White House admits quid pro quo over Ukraine aid

White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney made a stunning admission by confirming that President Donald Trump froze nearly $400 million in US security aid to Ukraine in part to pressure that country into investigating Democrats.

Mulvaney insisted that he only knew of a US request to investigate the handling of a Democratic National Committee server hacked in the 2016 election, but text messages between US diplomats show efforts to get Ukraine to commit to an investigation into Burisma, the company on whose board former Vice President Joe Biden’s son sat. There is no evidence of wrongdoing in Ukraine by either Biden.

“That’s why we held up the money,” Mulvaney said after listing the 2016-related investigation and Trump’s broader concerns about corruption in Ukraine.

After weeks during which Trump denied the existence of any political quid pro quo in his withholding of security aid to Ukraine, Mulvaney confirmed the existence of a quid pro quo and offered this retort: “Get over it.”…

US touts ceasefire in Syria, but Turkey calls it a ‘pause’

US Vice President Mike Pence announced that he and President Erdogan of Turkey agreed to a ceasefire halting Turkey’s incursion into northern Syria.

The deal appears to secure Turkey most of its military objectives and forces America’s one-time Kurdish allies in the fight against ISIS to cede a vast swath of territory.

Speaking in Ankara, Turkey, Pence said the “Turkish side will pause Operation Peace Spring in order to allow for the withdrawal of YPG forces from the safe zone for 120 hours.”

“All military operations will be paused, and Operation Peace Spring will be halted entirely on completion of the withdrawal,” he said.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the reached agreement between the US and Turkey to suspend military operations in Syria is not a ceasefire.

“We will pause the operation for 120 hours in order for the terrorists to leave,” Cavusoglu said. “We will only stop the operation if our conditions are met.”…

Trump to host G7 at his own Florida resort property

White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney announced during a White House press briefing that the 2020 G7 summit will be held at Trump National in Doral, Florida, from June 10-12.

“We used the same set of criteria that previous administrations have used,” Mulvaney said.

He said Doral was “far and away the best physical facility for this meeting.”

President Donald Trump is sure to receive criticism and will face questions about whether he stands to profit financially from the large summit. Trump has received such criticism in the past for hosting foreign leaders, including China’s President Xi Jinping, at his Mar-a-Lago golf club in Florida.

Doral has the best facilities of all the sites under consideration, Mulvaney told reporters.

Mulvaney defended hosting the 2020 G7 at Doral, saying that Trump will not be profiting in “any way, shape or form.”…

Is Donald Trump Jr. going to run in 2024?

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