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Although only delegates could participate in formal discussions and vote on the platform, the Trump Campaign could request changes, and members of the Trump Campaign attended committee meetings.791 John Mashburn, the Campaign's policy director, helped oversee the Campaign's involvement in the platform committee meetings.792 He told the Office that he directed Campaign staff at the Convention, including J.D. Gordon, to take a hands-off approach and only to challenge platform planks if they directly contradicted Trump 's wishes.793
On July 11, 2016, delegate Diana Denman submitted a proposed platform amendment that included provision of armed support for Ukraine. 794 The amendment described Russia's "ongoing military aggression" in Ukraine and announced "supp01t" for "maintaining (and, if warranted, increasing) sanctions against Russia until Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity are fully restored" and for "providing lethal defensive weapons to Ukraine' s armed forces and greater coordination with NA TO on defense planning."795 Gordon reviewed the proposed platform changes, including Denman's.796 Gordon stated that he flagged this amendment because of Trump's stated position on Ukraine, which Gordon personally heard the candidate say at the March 31 foreign policy meeting-namely, that the Europeans should take primary responsibility for any assistance to Ukraine, that there should be improved U.S.-Russia relations, and that he did not want to start World War III over that region. 797 Gordon told the Office that Trump's statements on the campaign trail following the March meeting underscored those positions to the point where Gordon felt obliged to object to the proposed platform change and seek its dilution.798
On July 11 , 2016, at a meeting of the National Security and Defense Platform Subcommittee, Denman offered her amendment.799 Gordon and another Campaign staffer, Matt Miller, approached a committee co-chair and asked him to table the amendment to permit further discussion.800 Gordon's concern with the amendment was the language about providing "lethal
790 Gordon 8/29/17 302, at 1 0; Hoff 5/26/17 302, at 1-2.
791 Hoff 5/26/17 302, at 1; Gordon 9/7/17 302, at 10.
794 DENMAN 000001-02, DENMAN 000012, DENMAN 000021-22; Denman 12/4/17 302, at 1;
Denman 6/7 /17 302, at 2.
795 DENMAN 000001-02, DENMAN 000012, DENMAN 000021-22.
5/26/17 302, at 2.
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