| November 01, 2019 01:46 PM
President Trump’s policy team for confronting Russian aggression is collapsing amid impeachment proceedings, current and former officials worry.
“It is a policy disaster that all the people who have been holding it together are either gone, leaving, or taking cover,” a former senior U.S. official who has worked on Ukraine issues told the Washington Examiner on the condition of anonymity.
That observation was prompted by news that Tim Morrison, the White House National Security Council’s top official for Eurasia, will step down after testifying that other Trump appointees told the Ukrainians they would not receive security assistance unless they launched the corruption investigations Trump sought. Morrison’s exit, days after another NSC official drew fire from Trump’s allies over his testimony, continues a trend of administration officials being enveloped by the scandal even as NATO allies try to maintain a united front with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky against Russia.
“It is easy to forget here in Washington, but impossible in Kyiv, that Ukraine is still under armed assault by Russia, a nuclear-armed state,” Morrison told lawmakers in his prepared statement.
Morrison lamented that a “once-in-a-generation opportunity” to reform corruption in Ukraine and humiliate Russian President Vladi