Vice President Mike Pence said he was “not aware” of allegations the Trump administration sought to tie U.S. military aid to investigations President Trump wanted from Ukraine before they became public.

“I have heard that it was in a briefing book. I have no recollection of seeing a transcript of the (July 25) call. I was not aware of the allegations that U.S. aid to Ukraine was tied to investigations at any point before those matters become public in September,” Pence told WISN-TV for a segment that aired as part of “UpFront” on Sunday. Pence was in Marinette last week for a visit.

Allegations the Trump administration withheld critical military aid until Ukraine agreed to open investigations into former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter — who served on the board of a Ukrainian energy company — are at the center of the House impeachment inquiry against Trump.

Last week, on the day Pence visited Marinette, European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland testified that “everyone was in the loop” about the Ukraine scheme. Pence denied that in the interview with WISN 12 News reporter Matt Smith. A Pence aide tried to stop the interview after hearing the impeachment questions. Pence continued the interview.

“I have no recollection of any discussion with Ambassador Sondland before that meeting. In fact, there have been two people who have now testified under oath, at no point before, during or after my meeting with (Ukrainian) President Zelensky, did those topics come up,” Pence said.

In another segment, Children’s Wisconsin CEO Peggy Troy said the hospital is launching a statewide push to get behavioral and mental health care to children who need it.

The hospital plans to invest $150 million in the effort, which will be a multi-pronged plan to improve access to care and reduce stigma, Troy said.

She said access to mental health care is “constrained” for families.

“It can take between one month and one year to get the necessary care. That has led to unresolved mental health issues, which has then also led to we have one of the highest teen suicide rates in the country,” Troy said.

She said signs of a need for mental health care can be seen in infancy. The hospital will work to establish more early childhood mental health care, and school-based mental health programs.

Also on the program, Milwaukee Ald. Cavalier Johnson said he wants to establish a millennial task force to study why young people are leaving the city and what would help keep them.

“Young people bring energy and dynamism to communities and we want to make sure that we’re working to keep those young people who are here, and attract other young people from across the country to come here, because they add to communities,” Johnson said.

The Milwaukee Common Council will vote Tuesday on Johnson’s resolution to establish a millennial task force. Johnson said he is confident the resolution will pass.

See more from the program:
http://www.wisn.com/upfront

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