Condoleezza Rice says reports of an unofficial US policy in Ukraine are ‘deeply troubling’

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Condoleezza Rice said on Monday that reports of an unofficial U.S. policy being carried out in Ukraine is “deeply troubling.”

The former secretary of State under President George W. Bush said she was troubled by recent reports that there were conflicting messages going to Ukraine.

She made her comments while speaking at a conference in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, Reuters reported.

Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, along with some administration and other officials reportedly sought to convince Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son at the president’s behest.

{mosads}“What I see right now troubles me,” Rice said, according to Reuters. “I see a state of conflict between the foreign policy professionals and someone who says he’s acting on behalf of the president, but frankly, I don’t know if that is the case.”

“It is troubling. It is deeply troubling,” she added.

Rice also said that people giving information from the U.S. administration, but not in an official capacity, should ensure they provide the same message to other countries as the secretary of State and national security adviser.

“This is just not a good thing,” she said, according to Reuters. “The world shouldn’t get confusing messages from the United States of America.”

A whistleblower report detailing that Trump asked the Ukrainian president to look into former Biden and his son, days after withholding military aid, has sparked an impeachment inquiry in the House. 

Rice also described the July 25 call between Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky as “murky.” The White House released a partial transcript of the call after it came under scrutiny. 

As part of the House inquiry, former and current Trump officials have testified behind closed doors that some members of the administration participated in a pressure campaign with Ukraine. Some have described an “irregular channel” of people intertwined in Ukraine policy, including Giuliani.

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