Asked to explain what he meant in a September 9 text to EU ambassador Gordon Sondland and former US Special Envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker when he said that withholding Ukraine aid was "crazy" Taylor said:
"I meant that...because of the importance of security assistance, that we had just described and had a conversation with the Chairman, because that was so important that security was so important for Ukraine as well as our own national interests."
"To withhold that assistance for no good reason other than help with a political campaign made no sense. It was counterproductive to all of what we had been trying to do. It was ill logical. It could not be explained. It was crazy."