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“Out of bounds” – Condoleezza Rice slams President Trump over Ukraine phone call

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“Out of bounds” – Condoleezza Rice slams President Trump over Ukraine phone call

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice served under Republican President George W. Bush. She said on Monday that reports of an unofficial U.S. policy being carried out in Ukraine were “deeply troubling.”

The former Secretary of State was critical of President Trump during his 2016 presidential run but has been relatively quiet since the Republican took office.

Rice was referring to a number of State Department officials who have testified in the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry about an “irregular channel” of people involved in Ukraine policy. This included Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer.

“What I see right now troubles me. I see a state of conflict between the foreign policy professionals and someone who says he’s acting on behalf of the president but frankly I don’t know if that is the case,” Rice, who also served as Bush’s national security adviser, said at a conference in Abu Dhabi.

“It is troubling. It is deeply troubling,” she said.

The House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry focuses on Trump’s July 25 request to Ukraine’s president that he investigate former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, a leading 2020 Democratic presidential candidate. It also puts a spotlight on Biden’s son Hunter, who was on the board of a Ukrainian gas company.

Witnesses in the inquiry have testified regarding how Giuliani and others worked to pressure Ukraine into announcing an investigation of the Bidens. They said Trump and his administration attempted to tie $391 million in security aid to Ukraine to an investigation of the Bidens, as well as a White House meeting.

The United States has been in Ukraine’s corner against the threat from Russia, especially after the takeover of the Crimea in 2014.

Rice served in the White House as a Soviet specialist, she said any non-official persons carrying messages for the U.S. administration should make sure they are carrying the same message as the secretary of state or national security adviser.

“This is just not a good thing. The world shouldn’t get confusing messages from the United States of America,” she said.

Rice criticized the July 25 call in which Trump made the request of Ukraine’s newly elected president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

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“The call is murky, it is really murky. I don’t like for the president of the United States to mention an American citizen for investigation to a foreign leader. I think that is out of bounds,” she said.

Written by Rich Stevenson

Credit: Daily Mail

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