There is so much that is odd regarding Pres Trump and Ukraine. On some occasions, it appears as if he is doing Pres Putin's bidding.
Reading through the October 30, 2019 testimony of Christopher Anderson, I see the following:
0n November 25th, 20t8, Russia escalated the conflict further when its forces openly attacked and seized Ukrainian military vessels heading to a Ukrainian port in the Sea of Azov. While my colleagues at the State Department quickly prepared a statement condemning Russia for its escalation, senior officials in the White House blocked it from being issued.
There was a CNN stony which said that -- and I don't remember seeing the news report, but that referenced this freedom-of-navigation operation into the Black Sea and made it seem as if this were a direct response to Russia and that it was a challenge to Russia.
Now, I don't know -- the news report seemed to be, in my understanding, exaggerating the situation, because all the Navy had done was file a standard notification under the Montreux Convention that they were planning to transit into the Black Sea.
Q And how do you know that the President was not pleased with this report?
A Ambassador Bolton relayed that he was called at home by the President, who complained about this news report.
So the State Department prepared a statement condemning Russia for escalating the aggression against Ukraine, and Pres Trump's White House prevented the State Department from issuing the statement in support of an ally. Instead opting not to criticize Russia, an enemy.
Also Pres Trump seemed angered by our Navy's freedom-of-navigation show of strength against Russia.
Why does Pres Trump always seem so anxious to placate, even assist, Pres Putin?