Ukraine-U.S. Relations In Trump Era


U.S. President Donald Trump (R) and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky look on during a meeting in New York on Sept. 25, 2019, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. Shortly before, it became known that Trump asked Zelensky to investigate the activities of his political rival, ex-Vice President Joseph Biden, in Ukraine, during a phone call in July 2019. The phone call eventually led to the impeachment of Trump on Dec. 18, 2019.

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A former top Ukrainian official said he is concerned that President Donald Trump’s efforts to force out administration officials deemed to be disloyal from their posts would in the short term leave a hollowed out U.S. office in Kyiv and space for Russia to ratchet up its aggressive political influence operations.

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