Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney speaks to reporters on Thursday. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)
Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney defended the maneuver as “absolutely appropriate.”
Gordon Sondland, U.S. ambassador to the European Union, in House testimony, criticized the president’s temporary hold on nearly $400 million in military aid and the recall of the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch.
The purchases are at the heart of Trump's "phase one" trade deal with China, but China’s Commerce Ministry would not confirm that agriculture figure Thursday, saying instead that purchases would be made according to Chinese market needs.
“It didn’t feel beautiful,” the spokesman said in a television interview, saying that President Trump prodded the grieving parents to meet the American woman blamed for the death of their son in Britain.