Trump confirms he held up Ukrainian aid

President TrumpDonald TrumpMeghan McCain: Democrats 'should give a little credit' to Trump for COVID-19 vaccine Trump testing czar warns lockdowns may be on table if people don't get vaccinated Overnight Health Care: CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update | White House says national vaccine mandate 'not under consideration at this time' MORE on Tuesday confirmed that he withheld funds from Ukraine amid growing furor over his interactions with the country, arguing he did so because he wanted European nations to contribute more to the cause.

"I want other countries to put up money. I think it’s unfair that we put up the money. Then people called me and said, 'Oh, let it go,' and I let it go," Trump told reporters at the United Nations.

During a meeting later Tuesday morning with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Trump said he spoke with acting chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyHeadhunters having hard time finding jobs for former Trump officials: report Trump holdovers are denying Social Security benefits to the hardest working Americans Mulvaney calls Trump's comments on Capitol riot 'manifestly false' MORE, Vice President Pence, Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoNoem to travel to South Carolina for early voting event Poll: Trump leads 2024 GOP primary trailed by Pence, DeSantis Pence v. Biden on China: Competing but consistent visions MORE and Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossChina sanctions Wilbur Ross, others after US warns of doing business in Hong Kong DOJ won't prosecute Wilbur Ross after watchdog found he gave false testimony Commerce Department unit gathered intel on employees, census critics: report MORE about the aid and questioned why European nations weren't doing more.

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"So I said, 'Hold it up, let's get other people to pay,' " Trump said. "And then everybody called me, 'Oh please, can we pay it?' "

"And there was never any quid pro quo," he added, before criticizing Hunter Biden's role on the board of a Ukrainian gas company while his father, Joe BidenJoe BidenCDC chief clarifies vaccine comments: 'There will be no nationwide mandate' Overnight Defense: First group of Afghan evacuees arrives in Virginia | Biden signs Capitol security funding bill, reimbursing Guard | Pentagon raises health protection level weeks after lowering it Biden urges local governments to stave off evictions MORE, was vice president.

Multiple news outlets reported Monday night that Trump ordered millions of dollars in military aid for Ukraine be withheld just days before a July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Trump has since acknowledged that he brought up Joe Biden, the current 2020 Democratic presidential front-runner, as well as corruption on the same call, alarming Democrats.

Trump on Tuesday indicated he had no regrets about holding up the funds, which were intended to help Ukraine combat Russian aggression, saying France, Germany and others should put forward more money. The funds were released after lawmakers in both parties criticized the delay.

"Those funds were paid. They were fully paid but my complaint has always been — and I’ll withhold again and I’ll continue to withhold until such time as Europe and other nations contribute to Ukraine, because they're not doing it," Trump said.

The president has twice denied there was any explicit quid pro quo involving the aid and an investigation into Biden and his son's activities in Ukraine.

Trump is scheduled to meet with Zelensky on Wednesday on the sidelines of the United Nations.

More than a dozen Democrats have come out in favor of impeachment since Monday as information trickles out about Trump's interactions with Ukraine, which were first raised in a whistleblower complaint filed last month.

"It’s nonsense, and when you see the call, when you see the readout of the call, which I assume you’ll see at some point, you’ll understand. That call was perfect," Trump said Tuesday, dismissing the calls for impeachment.

Updated: 12:24 p.m.