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Trump: Obama administration withheld foreign aid too

President Trump pointed to former President Obama in a tweet ahead of the resumption of the Senate impeachment trial on Thursday, saying that his predecessor withheld aid from multiple countries too.

“The Democrats & Shifty Schiff, whose presentation to the Senate was loaded with lies and misrepresentations, are refusing to state that the Obama Administration withheld aid from many countries including Ukraine, Pakistan, Philippines, Egypt, Honduras, & Mexico,” he said, using his nickname for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), who is serving as an impeachment manager.

“Witch Hunt!”

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House Democrats, including Schiff, are arguing in Trump’s Senate impeachment trial that the president should be removed from office over his dealings with Ukraine.

Their effort is centered around the allegation that Trump withheld military aid in an effort to force Ukraine’s president into announcing an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son and unfounded allegations that Kyiv interfered in the 2016 election. The House-passed articles impeachment charge the president with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Trump’s lawyers have argued during the Senate trial that Obama also withheld aid to countries. Conservative lawyer George Conway, a frequent critic of Trump, blasted their position, saying on CNN that it was flawed. The Obama administration withheld the aid from countries amid diplomatic strife, including a coup in Egypt and the expulsion of American trainers from Pakistan.

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