Mulvaney Held Up Military Aid To Ukraine In 2017 For Fear Of Upsetting Russia
In 2017, the Office of Management and Budget put a temporary hold on anti-tank missiles headed to Ukraine over OMB Director Mick Mulvaney’s concerns that the move would upset Russia, a former White House official testified to congressional investigators.
According to The Daily Beast, Catherine Croft said Mulvaney’s objection to delivery of the javelins was “highly unusual.” Her testimony “indicates that concerns about the U.S. relationship with Russia had a direct—though short-lived—impact on U.S./Ukraine policy in the first year of Trump’s presidency.”
The Trump administration had approved delivery of the missiles in late 2017, Croft said, but Mulvaney’s office held it up. Asked if she understood the reason why, Croft said it was over policy rather than budget concerns.
“In a briefing with Mick Mulvaney, the question centered around the Russian reaction,” she said. The concern was “that Russia would react negatively to the provision of Javelins to Ukraine.”
Croft also said the OMB’s intervention — when “all of the policy agencies” approved of the delivery — was not typical: “[It] was rather unusual to have OMB expressing concerns that were purely policy-based and not budget-oriented.”