Pompeo dodges difference between his comment and former adviser's deposition

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo dodged the question about Ukraine during a press conference in Germany on Thursday.
1:56 | 11/07/19

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Transcript for Pompeo dodges difference between his comment and former adviser's deposition
What happened in Washington this year was that we provide 250 million dollars worth of security assistance defense assistance and I 140 million dollars or so of additional security assistance just like happened in fiscal year eighteen. And fiscal year seventeen. And you guys its efforts to continue to fight corruption continued throughout this year so that's what happened in Washington with respect to Ukraine. This year and I think that's important because here I sit in Europe. A place that understands deeply the challenges of corruption in Ukraine who talks about. Those risks to Europe incessantly and properly and importantly. And our administration to in the United States and very worried about Ukrainian corruption it's been something that's been at the center of the state department's mission set and something that we worked. Last year and we will work again in the year ahead. Tried to make sure that presidents once you have the opportunity to root out corruption inside the zone country and as for best we can I. A close call this a lot less than needed I haven't had jet that pretty busy world out there have a chance to follow this but with respect to best particularly I think. I think he said at the opening statement that he put out that he wasn't particularly involved in the Ukraine file so it's not surprising. That when. Ambassador Ivanovic returned to United States that he didn't raise that issue with me. It's that it should it shouldn't it shouldn't surprise anyone that in May when that took place he didn't say anything to him. You you can see that media in Washington pick that a lot of things that you and I didn't spend any time talking about today I got. Things that actually make a difference about American people security. Keep the American people say the things that my team State Department team is focused on all across the world. And asked for assisting are our senior officials who will have legal burdens. Connected to all of this noise. I'm I think we'll have an announcement shortly though. Make good sense and be consistent with what we've done previously.

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