H.R. McMaster, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, on Thursday chimed in on the Ukraine controversy, saying it was not appropriate for a president to seek aid from foreign governments for a U.S. election, Politico reports.
McMaster, who resigned his post in March of 2018, also said there was never an incident in which Trump solicited foreign assistance in domestic politics while he served in the administration.
“In all the conversations, in all the meetings I was ever privy too, there was never any incident of the president soliciting any kind of assistance for anything domestic politics,” McMaster said while speaking at a Foundation for Defense of Democracies event.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an impeachment inquiry against Trump after a whistleblower complaint alleged Trump had asked Ukraine’s leader to investigate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, for political gain. Biden is the frontrunner in the Democratic primary.
When asked whether doing so would be appropriate, McMaster responded: “Of course no. Absolutely not.”
“What has to happen here is seeing our democracy play out, the separation of powers play out, and for the American people through the representatives in Congress to make a judgment as to whether that happened,” he said.
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