Tag: Office of Management and Budget (US)

Trump Officials Dispute Some Giuliani Call Logs in Bid to Weaken Democrats’ Case

Trump administration officials, seeking to weaken Democrats’ case for impeachment, disputed on Thursday some of the details in the House Intelligence Committee’s report about calls between President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani and White House aides. As part of its portrait of Mr. Trump’s campaign of pressure on Ukraine, the committee’s report released this […]

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White House Lifts Mysterious Hold on Military Aid to Lebanon

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration told Congress on Monday that it had lifted a hold last week on $105 million of military aid to Lebanon that budget officials had imposed without explanation. In recent weeks, lawmakers and reporters had asked administration officials about the mysterious monthslong hold, which echoed the freeze of military aid to […]

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Mulvaney Asked About Legal Justification for Withholding Ukraine Aid

Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, asked officials in the budget office after President Trump’s July 25 call with the Ukrainian president whether there was a legal justification for withholding hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine, according to two people briefed on an internal White House review. The […]

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Impeachment Investigators Question Budget Official About Withheld Aid

ImageOther witnesses with significant roles in American diplomacy toward Ukraine have testified that the aid was delayed as part of a broad pressure campaign. Credit…Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times WASHINGTON — House impeachment investigators met for a rare weekend session on Saturday to privately question a senior official from the White House budget office about […]

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Defense Dept. Official Testified Trump Questioned Ukraine Aid in June

WASHINGTON — The White House began asking administration officials detailed questions about military assistance to Ukraine after a meeting with President Trump in mid-June, nearly a month before the aid was abruptly frozen, a top Pentagon official told impeachment investigators last month. Laura K. Cooper, a top Defense Department official in charge of Russia and […]

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White House Freezes Military Aid to Lebanon, Against Wishes of Congress, State Dept. and Pentagon

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has frozen all military aid to the Lebanese army, including a package worth $105 million that both the State Department and Congress approved in September, congressional officials said Friday. The halt to American funding of the Lebanese Armed Forces, an important multisectarian group, comes at a critical time for Lebanon, […]

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Contradicting Trump, Ukraine Knew of Aid Freeze Before It Became Public

KIEV, Ukraine — To Democrats who say that President Trump’s decision to freeze a $391 million military aid package to Ukraine was intended to bully Ukraine’s leader into carrying out investigations for Mr. Trump’s political benefit, the president and his allies have had a simple response: There could not have been any quid pro quo […]

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E-Cigarettes Went Unchecked in 10 Years of F.D.A. Inaction

In 2009, not long after Dr. Margaret Hamburg became commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, a package arrived at her home. Inside was a clunky device called an e-cigarette. “It was my first exposure to this emerging, new technology,” Dr. Hamburg recalled. The package was sent by an antismoking activist as a warning about […]

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Trump Administration Drops Proposal to Cut Foreign Aid After Intense Debate

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Thursday rejected a proposal from budget hawks in the administration to curb foreign aid spending after objections from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and lawmakers from both parties, officials briefed on the decision said. The White House’s Office of Management and Budget, which since 2017 has been led by Mick […]

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Delay in Huawei Ban Is Sought by White House Budget Office

WASHINGTON — The acting budget chief for the White House has called for a two-year delay of part of a federal measure that is aimed at Huawei Technologies, the Chinese telecom giant. The measure targeting Huawei was included in the National Defense Authorization Act for the current fiscal year and bars government agencies from contracting […]

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