“That’s not what I said. That’s what people said that I said,” Mick Mulvaney, current acting White House Chief of Staff told a Chris Wallace in an interview on Fox News Sunday.
Mulvaney pushed back on Wallace saying that his statements were taken out of context.
“Can I see how people took that the wrong way? Absolutely,” Mulvaney later said in the interview. “But I never said there was a quid pro quo because there isn’t.”
“Here is what I said,” continued Mulvaney. “There were two reasons that we held up the aid, the first one was the rampant corruption in Ukraine. Ukraine is so bad, that in 2014 Congress passed a law requiring us to make sure that corruption was moving in the right direction. Corruption is a big deal everybody knows it. The President was also concerned about whether or not other nations, specifically European nations, were helping with foreign aid Ukraine as well.”
“I also did mentioned in the past, that President had mentioned to me the DNC server, and other people publicly, he even mentioned it to [Ukraine’s] President Zelensky in the phone call,” continued to explain Mulvaney. “But it wasn’t connected to the aid. And that’s why I think people got side tracked this week at that press conference.”