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The EU is the largest donor to Ukraine of Official Development Assistance, ODA. While this is not military assistance per se, it frees up money for military use. Furthermore, as explained below, US military aid is not in the form of money, but rather equipment and training. Thus, the military aid helps the US defense industry, and represent a subsidy to it. As well, this should support American jobs. For those who object to this, the way that it needs to be stopped is through the US Congress, who has the “power of the purse” appropriations power. Even if you think that Trump blocking funding to Ukraine is “good”, it up-ends the US Constitution, and is the act of a dictator, and is a violation of US law. Even monarchs may be contrained by parliaments. Furthermore, some other country/countries give military aid to the Ukraine – probably the EU. Below appears to be development assistance, alone, however.
Thus, US GAO (Government Accountability Office) says that (the Trump Admin) withholding of money appropriated by the US Congress is illegal: “In the summer of 2019, OMB withheld from obligation approximately $214 million appropriated to DOD for security assistance to Ukraine… On July 25, 2019, OMB issued the first of nine apportionment schedules with footnotes withholding USAI funds from obligation… OMB violated the ICA when it withheld DOD’s USAI funds from obligation for policy reasons. This impoundment of budget authority was not a programmatic delay.” https://www.gao.gov/assets/710/703909.pdf
“The Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 (ICA) reasserted Congress’ power of the purse. Specifically, Title X of the Act – “Impoundment Control” – established procedures to prevent the President and other government officials from unilaterally substituting their own funding decisions for those of the Congress. The Act also created the House and Senate Budget Committees and the Congressional Budget Office” https://budget.house.gov/publications/report/impoundment-control-act-1974-what-it-why-does-it-matter
Trump used that Europe wasn’t giving aid to Ukraine as an excuse to withhold aid! This nonsense only makes sense as Putin’s lover-boy and/or shaking down (extorting) Ukraine’s president: “Trump confirmed he told his staff to withhold $400 million in aid to Ukraine days before the July call. Democrats want to know whether Trump pressured Zelenskiy into investigating Biden, knowing the Ukrainian government badly wanted the U.S. aid. “I’d withhold again and I’ll continue to withhold until such time as Europe and other nations contribute to Ukraine,” Trump told VOA’s Spanish Service.” (Herman-Gypson-VOA News)
“KIM: Olena Tregub heads the Independent Defense Anti-Corruption Committee, a nongovernmental watchdog group in Kyiv. She says 90% of Ukraine’s foreign military aid comes from America…
KIM: In any case, this year’s $400 million in military aid does not reach Ukraine in cash. Mykhailo Samus, a Ukrainian defense analyst, says the money actually stays in the U.S.
MYKHAILO SAMUS: Ukraine doesn’t receive money. We have only goods, services and other stuff which United States send into Ukraine directly.
KIM: The Javelin anti-tank missiles, which the Trump administration shipped to Ukraine last year, are probably the most dramatic example of U.S. military hardware, but they’re in storage far from the front line. What’s much more important for the Ukrainian Armed Forces is military training. A U.S. Army video shows Ukrainian soldiers running through drills in western Ukraine more than 600 miles from the fighting…” Excerpted from: “U.S. Aid To Ukraine Is Mostly Military, Not Cash” by Lucian Kim, NPR, December 16, 2019 https://www.npr.org/2019/12/16/788597848/u-s-aid-to-ukraine-is-mostly-military-not-cash
IS THIS ACCEPTABLE? US DICTATORSHIP BY TRUMP OR ANYONE ELSE? IF SO GO BACK TO YOUR COUNTRY OF ORIGIN. MOST AMERICANS ARE RECENT ENOUGH IMMIGRANTS THAT THEY HAVE RIGHT TO RETURN HOME. IF NOT, PETITION YOUR HOME COUNTRY OR RUSSIA – IF IT’S NOT YOUR HOME COUNTRY – TO MOVE THERE. 7/8THS OF MY ANCESTORS WERE PRESENT PRIOR TO THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION/FOUGHT IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. THE 1/8TH IMMIGRATED IN THE 1840S FROM IRELAND TO ESCAPE FAMINE AND BUILD RAILROADS. FOR THAT MATTER, PETITION THE UK AND GERMANY TO TAKE TRUMP BACK. HIS MOTHER WAS BORN AND RAISED IN THE UK. BY ANY COMMON SENSE DEFINITION HE IS BRITISH. HIS FATHER WAS MADE IN GERMANY THOUGH WAS BORN IN THE USA AFTER GERMANY DEPORTED TRUMP’S GRANDFATHER FOR DRAFT AVOIDANCE. GRANDPA TRUMP CONTINUED TO BEG GERMANY TO TAKE THEM BACK FOR YEARS AFTERWARDS.