Samantha Power: Trump ‘Blatantly Extorting’ Ukraine

Samantha Power: Trump ‘Blatantly Extorting’ Ukraine

September 30, 2019

Saturday on CNN, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power accused President Trump of “blatantly extorting” the Ukrainian President during a phone call in which the two leaders discussed the shady business dealings in Ukraine of Joe Biden’s son Hunter.

“I think what we have seen from the beginning of this presidency is a pattern where what matters most to the president of the United States is his own welfare, his own self-aggrandizement, his own wealth, his own political fortune,” Power said.

“And there are so many examples of this, but here is an example where the president is blatantly extorting a foreign leader, a foreign leader who is governing a country that has been invaded by Russia, a country that interfered in our election previously, and our president is trying to advance his own political welfare rather than look out for an ally and deliver what that country needs in order to enhance its security,” she continued.

To paraphrase Mary McCarthy’s famous line, every word of Powers’ statement is a lie, including “and” and “the.”

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