President Donald Trump on Tuesday, Nov. 26, again dismissed accusations of there being a connection between probing the Bidens and military aid to Ukraine in his July 25 call amid recent reports released by the House Budget Committee that supposedly raised some questions.
The House Budget Committee produced a summary of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) documents that said President Trump had a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on the same day the White House Office of Management and Budget reportedly put a hold on military aid to Ukraine, but President Trump firmly denied of any connections between the two incidents.
“The Ukrainian foreign minister stated, and I quote, ‘Ambassador Sondland did not tell us, and certainly did not tell me, about a connection between the assistance and the investigations.’ Never told him. I have never had a direct link between investigations and security assistance,” President Trump said in a statement at a Tuesday evening rally.
“OK, what that means, you know what it means, it means we did zero. We did nothing wrong,” the president asserted at the Sunrise, Florida, rally.
President Trump then blasted Democrats for trying to remove him from office despite having no substantive evidence against him for their accusations.
“The same maniacs are pushing the deranged impeachment. Think of this. Impeachment. Impeachment. A witch hunt. The same as before,” the president fumed, referring to former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report to a booing crowd. “And they’re pushing that impeachment witch hunt. And a lot of bad things are happening to them. Because you see what’s happening in the polls? Everybody said: That’s really [expletive].”
Then, President Trump decried mainstream media for wrongfully covering his “phase one” of the presidential annual physical at the Walter Reed Medical Center on Nov. 16—where the media claimed—and scrutinized—the president’s health.
“Let me tell you, if I didn’t feel great, I wouldn’t be ranting and raving to … 22,000 people,” the president said.
But it isn’t the first time big media got called out for inaccurate coverage.
House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) during his opening statement at the Nov. 19 Capitol Hill impeachment inquiry hearing lambasted the media for being “puppets of the Democratic Party,” citing the “disconnect” between the public hearing and how the media has reported it.
“What you saw were three diplomats, who dislike the president’s Ukraine policy, discussing secondhand and thirdhand conversations about their objections … they were unable to identify any crime or impeachable offense the president committed,” Nunes said. “But what you read in the press were accounts of shocking, damning, and explosive testimony that fully supports the Democrats’ accusations.”
Nunes also explained with the case of investigative journalist John Solomon as an example of media bias, where Solomon, former contributor of The Hill, was smeared for reporting on how Hunter Biden and business partner Devon Archer joined Ukrainian gas company Burisma despite the warnings of a colleague, Christopher Heinz.
“Since the Democrats switched from Russia to Ukraine for their impeachment crusade, Solomon’s reporting on Burisma, Hunter Biden, and Ukrainian election meddling has become inconvenient for the Democratic narrative, and so the media is furiously smearing and libeling Solomon,” Nunes pointed out.
So far, there is no concrete evidence to show a connection between President Trump’s July 25 call and the hold on military aid to Ukraine.