FACT CHECK: Trump Complaint To Dems Over Other Countries Not Helping Ukraine Misses The Mark
On Thursday, as lawmakers in the House Judiciary Committee debated on whether to pass articles of impeachment against him, President Donald Trump spent most of his day online, tweeting more than 100 times during the day by 1 p.m. EST, mostly in response to the committee’s work.
As is sometimes the case with the president, a lot of what he had to say was incorrect — including a comment about aid to Ukraine, and who was helping that nation out the most in standing up to Russian aggression.
At one point, Trump complained about a statement Rep. Veronica Escobar, a Democrat from Texas, made. Trump claimed that Escobar “misquoted my call” with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky. “I said I want you to do us (our Country!) a favor, not me a favor.”
Escobar wasn’t discussing Trump in her comments, however, and was asking a hypothetical question about a fictional lawmaker asking for a personal favor from another foreign government, the New York Post reported.
From there, however, Trump pressed on:
I also have constantly asked, “Why aren’t Germany, France and other European countries helping Ukraine more? They are the biggest beneficiaries. Why is it always the good ol’ United States?” The Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrats, never mention this at their phony hearing!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2019
“I also have constantly asked, ‘Why aren’t Germany, France and other European countries helping Ukraine more? They are the biggest beneficiaries. Why is it always the good ol’ United States?'” the president said in a tweet. “The Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrats, never mention this at their phony hearing!”
The question of whether the United States is bearing the brunt of helping Ukraine protect itself against Russia has been brought up before — Trump made the same claim in September, a fact-check from USA Today noted last month, while speaking to reporters during the United Nations General Assembly.
But it’s a claim that’s without merit. It turns out, the European Union and other financial institutions in the continent have contributed more than $16.4 billion. In fact, of the entire amount of funds that have been given to Ukraine since Russia invaded Crimea in 2014, two-thirds of it have been provided by European countries, sharply contradicting Trump’s claims that other nations aren’t helping out.
Indeed, from 2014 through all of 2018, the European Union has provided the most aid four out of those five total years. The U.S. has only been the top giver of aid to Ukraine in one year, and was even outdone by Canada, in terms of aid given to Kyiv, in 2015, according to the Center for Strategic & International Studies.