October 17, 2019 / 5:34 PM / a month ago

Trump directed his energy secretary to work with Giuliani on Ukraine: Mulvaney

U.S. President Donald Trump rubs his eyes as he attends the 2019 United Nations Climate Action Summit with Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Vice President Mike Pence and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft at U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., September 23, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump asked U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry to work with personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani on matters involving Ukraine, acting White House chief of staff Mike Mulvaney said on Thursday, adding that he himself was not asked to do so.

Mulvaney denied it was improper to conduct diplomacy with Ukraine through a private citizen who is the president’s personal lawyer. “There’s not a shadow policy here. The president is entitled to have whoever he wants to work,” Mulvaney told a White House news conference.

Reporting by Jeff Mason and Doina Chiacu; Editing by Alistair Bell

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