In Kyiv, Pompeo emphasizes support for Ukraine

In Kyiv, Pompeo emphasizes support for Ukraine

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoGrassley: White House 'failed to address' if there was a 'good reason' for IG firings Overnight Defense: Pentagon watchdog sidelined by Trump resigns | Plan would reportedly bring troops in Afghanistan back by Election Day | Third service member dies from COVID-19 Ex-Pompeo staffers asked to sign letter against 'smear campaign' MORE on Friday reaffirmed the U.S.'s support for Ukraine as the country's top diplomat visited Kyiv and met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Reuters reports.

“Today I’m here with a clear message,” Pompeo said Friday in a press conference with Zelensky. “The United States sees that the Ukrainian struggle for freedom, democracy and prosperity is a valiant one. Our commitment to support it will not waver.”

Pompeo is the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit the country since President TrumpDonald John TrumpJustice says it will recommend Trump veto FISA bill Fauci: Nominating conventions may be able to go on as planned Poll: Biden leads Trump by 11 points nationally MORE's Senate impeachment trial began.


Ukraine sits at the center of the trial, with Democratic House managers arguing that Trump misused the power of his office by freezing congressionally approved aid to the country in an attempt to leverage a personal political favor from Zelensky.

Specifically, Democrats say that Trump held the aid so that Zelensky would publicly announce an investigation into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenProsecutor investigating whether Tara Reade gave false testimony as expert witness Poll: Biden leads Trump by 11 points nationally George Floyd's sister says Minneapolis officers should be charged with murder MORE and his son, Hunter Biden.

Zelensky echoed Pompeo at the press conference, downplaying the effect that impeachment has had on the relations between the two countries.

“It seems to me, honestly, that, on the contrary, there are very good relations between our countries, not just in words. The U.S. supports and defends Ukraine," Zelensky said.

Pompeo also responded to a question by saying that there are no conditions for Zelensky to get a White House invitation.

“No, there’s no condition of the nature you described for President Zelensky to come to Washington and have that visit,” Pompeo said, answering a reporter. “We’ll find the right time. We’ll find the appropriate opportunity.”