Kenneth P. Vogel, David Stern and Michael Crowley, Politico: Trump tells Ukrainian politician he won't lift Russia sanctions
The president appears to take a harsher stance on Russia in an unusual private meeting.
During an unusual private meeting on the sidelines of Thursday’s National Prayer Breakfast, President Donald Trump promised a Ukrainian opposition leader that the United States won’t lift sanctions on Russia until it pulls out of Ukraine, according to three people briefed on the meeting.
Within hours of meeting with both Trump and Vice President Mike Pence at the prayer breakfast, former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko relayed the contents of the meeting to separate audiences at the Heritage Foundation and the Hudson Institute, according to people who attended the off-the-record events at the conservative think tanks.
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WNU Editor: This story has only been discussed in a few Ukrainian blogs .... and there is no mention of it in Russian media. Apparently this Trump-Tymoshenko discussion only lasted a few minutes, and there is no public record of it with the exception of a few people who have been briefed on it .... and in turn they have leaked it to the Politico. What's my take .... President Trump's private talk with someone who is going to run against Ukrainian President Poroshenko in the next election is going to be viewed in Ukraine as a lost of confidence from Trump in Ukrainian President Poroshenko. Interestingly .... President Trump also avoided meeting President Poroshenko when the Ukrainian President made a visit to the UN in New York City in September. Hmmmmm .... my gut is telling me that there is something more to this story than what is being reported on. As to President Trump's assurance to former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko that sanctions will not be lifted .... if true it is the wrong message to send .... and definitely the wrong person to communicate it to. On a side note from last year .... Report: Trump Aides Fought Release Of Ukraine's Tymoshenko In 2012 (RFE).
Hat tip to Jay for this link.