Report: Trump Admin Is Delaying $30M Worth Of Arms Transfers To Ukraine
Just one day after President Donald Trump was acquitted by Senate Republicans over the Ukraine scandal, reports surfaced that his administration is delaying an arms transfer to Ukraine worth $30 million — and the country has already paid.
Three current Ukrainian officials and one former senior U.S. official told Buzzfeed News that the Trump administration has offered no explanation for the hold up, and the publication reported that U.S. sales between companies and foreign buyers — which require licensing approval from the State Department — generally takes about two months.
Ukrainian officials said the export license for the “most critical” of the sales was submitted in November 2018, and the five other sales were prepaid between January and March 2019.
The U.S. official told Buzzfeed News that “It might be wise for the Ukrainians to look for other sources,” explaining that the White House and State Department told him the sales are still being “evaluated.”
Unlike the hold on U.S. military aid that Trump used to pressure Ukraine into investigating former Vice President Joe Biden, which he ultimately released without getting what he wanted, it is unclear whether the current issue is related to any such investigations.
The Hill noted that the delay on the sales was in place prior to Trump’s infamous July 25 phone call with Ukraine’s president, which sparked the impeachment inquiry.
The State Department, U.S. Embassy in Kyiv and the White House did not immediately return requests for comment, The Hill reported.