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#1 User is offline   MTP Reggie 

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Posted 19 November 2019 - 09:32 AM

State Dept's David Hale: Multiple Countries Had Aid Withheld
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Posted: Nov 18, 2019 9:22 PM
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The House Committees conducting the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump on Monday released the transcripts of two closed-door depositions, one from Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale and the other from Foreign Service Officer David Holmes.

In Hale's testimony, he made it very clear President Trump was wanting to review country's foreign aid as a means of ensuring taxpayer funds were being appropriately spent.

"Well, it [foreign assistance review] had been going on for quite a while, and the concept, you know, the administration did not want to take a, sort of, business-as-usual approach to foreign assistance, a feeling that once a country has received a certain assistance package, it's a --- it's something that continues forever," Hale explained.

In general, Trump is opposed to providing foreign aid, which Hale said "guided the foreign affairs review."

"It's very difficult to end those programs and to make sure that we have a very rigorous measure of why we are providing the assistance," Hale said. "We didn't go to zero base, but almost a zero-based concept that each assistance program and each country that receives the program had to be evaluated that they were actually worthy beneficiaries of our assistance; that the program made sense; that we have embarked on, you know, calling everything that we do around the world countering violent extremism, but, rather, that's actually focused on tangible and proven means to deal with extremist problems; that we avoid nation-building strategies; and that we not provide assistance to countries that are lost to us in terms of policy, to our adversaries."

Ukraine wasn't the only country that had aid withheld why a review was ongoing. According to Hale, Lebanon, Pakistan and the Northern Triangle countries were facing similar scrutiny.

"The President suspended the vast majority of our military assistance to Pakistan because of their failure to conform to our concerns about terrorist activity and the proxies that were operating in the border area of Afghanistan," Hale told the committee. "I'm just trying to go across the globe and try to remember what else."

But one of the most important parts of Hale's testimony: the United States' policy towards Ukraine remains unchanged, despite what the media tells Americans and no quid pro quo took place.

Below is Hale's full testimony:

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Posted 19 November 2019 - 09:53 AM

Well now you can see DJT was all about the Quid to the pro Quo! Sooo many impeachable offenses here!!! Or maybe he's doing what the President of the United States should be doing. Assessing if them money we are giving them for random reasons are actually being used for those reasons, and not as Hale put it before "we aren't concerned with what they do with the aid once they get it". That may have been the old way, but the new way is we are worried about what they do with the aid. Hell if we gave every Guatemalan citizen 1,000,000 dollars one time, and I mean literally go door to door and give it to each citizen to stay where they are, we would come out better than giving $257.6 Million per year for life.

https://explorer.usa...ure=Obligations

I am still trying to figure out why we are giving Venezuela 11 Million in aid.

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Posted 19 November 2019 - 10:02 AM

He needs to do it to some more countries.
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Posted 19 November 2019 - 10:08 AM

View PostRedSoloCup, on 19 November 2019 - 10:02 AM, said:

He needs to do it to some more countries.


  • Vietnam
  • Lebanon
  • California
  • Oregon

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Posted 19 November 2019 - 10:11 AM

View Postgravelrash, on 19 November 2019 - 10:08 AM, said:

  • Vietnam
  • Lebanon
  • California
  • Oregon



:exactly:

Then get us out of the U.N.

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Posted 19 November 2019 - 02:08 PM

The President can levy tariffs on any country he wants, on any product. I'm surprised no one is all upset about those implications.
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Posted 19 November 2019 - 02:26 PM

The funniest thing here is that the media and the rest of the state dept thought that it was a mystery why money was being held up....they couldn't possibly fathom that any President would ever try to protect tax payer money from flowing out to states who hate us or are trying to harm us.
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Posted 19 November 2019 - 02:45 PM


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Posted 19 November 2019 - 04:16 PM

View Postcorporal_little, on 19 November 2019 - 02:26 PM, said:

The funniest thing here is that the media and the rest of the state dept thought that it was a mystery why money was being held up....they couldn't possibly fathom that any President would ever try to protect tax payer money from flowing out to states who hate us or are trying to harm us.

Don't you understand?!?! We owe them that aid money. It's not the taxpayer's, its theirs! :hairpull:
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