Trump nominee for Ukraine says 'reasonable' to report interference Aug 05, 2020
ISLAMABAD- Washington,Donald Trump's nominee to be ambassador to Ukraine cautiously promised Wednesday to report any interference in the US election, an issue that triggered the president's impeachment.
Appearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Dayton was pressed by the top Democrat, Robert Menendez, on whether he would report any attempts to use Ukraine to sway the US election in November.
"I would of course consult with my State Department colleagues, but that sounds reasonable to me," Dayton said.
I'm not sure what the exact circumstances were on that. I was in Ukraine at the time, and I was not aware that this affected any of our efforts that we dealt with on Ukraine," said Dayton, who has served as the senior US defense advisor to Ukraine.
Trump last year pressed Ukraine's president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to dig up dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and held up $400 million in US security assistance needed by Ukraine to fight Russian-backed separatists.
The House of Representatives impeached Trump, who argued that his actions were in the national interest, but he was acquitted by the Senate.
Dayton promised that he would take a "very serious" effort to help Zelensky root out corruption if confirmed.
We've gone over a year without a US ambassador to Ukraine, and I really do think that a US senior presence will help President Zelensky deal with some of these issues," he said.(AFP/APP)