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The Pentagon Just Released a Letter Contradicting Trump’s Claim On Delaying Aid To Ukraine

In an effort to put out the latest firestorm engulfing his scandal-ridden administration, President Donald Trump this week cited concerns about corruption as his rationale for blocking security assistance to Ukraine. But his claim was swiftly shut down by the Pentagon in a letter sent to four congressional committees.

In the letter, which was first reported by NPR, Undersecretary of Defense for Policy John Rood informs lawmakers that he has “certified that the Government of Ukraine has taken substantial actions to make defense institutional reforms for the purposes of decreasing corruption [and] increasing accountability.”

As noted by NPR, “the certification was required by law for the release of $250 million in security assistance for Ukraine. That aid was blocked by the White House until Sept. 11 and has since been released.”

Read the letter below:

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