US cancels meeting between PM Mitsotakis and President Trump

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The scheduled meeting between Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and US President Donald Trump was cancelled on Tuesday after US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that the House is launching a formal impeachment inquiry against President Trump.

The meeting between the two leaders was meant to take place on the sidelines of the United Nations Climate Change Summit in New York on Tuesday afternoon (1.30 am Greek time on Wednesday).

However, on Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the House is launching a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump, saying that the president’s growing Ukraine scandal marked a “breach of his Constitutional responsibilities."

"This week the president has admitted to asking the president of Ukraine to take actions which would benefit him politically," Pelosi said.

"The actions of the Trump presidency revealed the dishonorable fact of the president's betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security, and betrayal of the integrity of our elections," she continued. "Therefore, today I am announcing the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry."

Pelosi said she was formally directing the House's six committees that have jurisdiction over impeachment, oversight and other related matters to "proceed with their investigations under that umbrella."

"The president must be held accountable," she said. "No one is above the law."

The impeachment drive follows days of revelations surrounding Trump's apparent push to have the Ukrainian government investigate the former vice president's son Hunter Biden, who had business dealings in the country.

Trump dismissed the claim saying, “I think it’s a ridiculous witch hunt,” and added “I’m leading in the polls. The only way they can stop me is impeachment.”