Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky just had a meeting with President Trump in New York and backed up Trump’s version of events.
Trump released a transcript earlier today that summarized his controversial call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. But Zelensky had not officially commented on the controversy.
What he said will not make the Democrats happy. He said he did not want to be involved in USA elections before saying:
“We had a good phone call, it was normal, we spoke about many things, you read it” (speaking to reporters about the transcript and throwing slight shade Adam Schiff who called Trump ‘mob-like’) before he ended the Dems dreams.
“Nobody pushed me,” he said of the allegations of Trump pressuring Zelensky.
Trump earlier took a victory lap of sorts after releasing the transcript. From Politico:
“It’s the single greatest witch hunt in American history. Probably in history, but in American history. It’s a disgraceful thing,” Trump told reporters at a hotel ahead of meetings on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. “The letter was a great letter, meaning the letter revealing the call.”
Less than an hour earlier, the White House had made public a five-page document detailing Trump’s half-hour conversation on July 25 with newly elected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The readout, which was not a verbatim transcript, showed that the president pressured his foreign counterpart to work with Attorney General William Barr and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son.
“That was done at the insistence of myself and other people that read it,” Trump said, referring to the production of the summary by the White House.
“It was a friendly letter. There was no pressure,” he continued. “The way you had that built up, that call, it was going to be the call from hell. It turned out to be a nothing call, other than a lot of people said, ‘I never knew you could be so nice.’”
The president earlier Wednesday had lashed out on Twitter after the announcement Tuesday evening by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) that she would throw her support behind an impeachment probe into his conduct. Trump complained online that none of his White House predecessors have “been treated so badly” during their time in office, and later predicted that Democratic lawmakers advocating for his ouster would be disappointed by the substance of the Zelensky call.
“Will the Democrats apologize after seeing what was said on the call with the Ukrainian President? They should, a perfect call – got them by surprise!” he wrote.
The president also fired off several posts emphasizing that the summary did not include an explicit warning from Trump to Zelensky that U.S. aid to the Eastern European nation was contingent upon a Ukrainian investigation into the Bidens.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says he doesn't want to be involved in US elections and he didn't feel "pushed" during his phone call with President Trump https://t.co/H9n7JKbYS7 pic.twitter.com/KU7wfHByML— CBS News (@CBSNews) September 25, 2019