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Mon Dec 2, 2019, 08:22 PM

Trump twists Ukraine leader's comments as he calls for an end to the impeachment inquiry

Source: CNBC

Trump twists Ukraine leader’s comments as he calls for an end to the impeachment inquiry

PUBLISHED MON, DEC 2 2019 2:20 PM EST UPDATED 5 HOURS AGO

Christina Wilkie

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Monday seized upon the words of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who said in a new interview that he never spoke to Trump “from the position of a quid pro quo.”

“Breaking News: The President of Ukraine has just again announced that President Trump has done nothing wrong with respect to Ukraine and our interactions or calls,” Trump tweeted.


According to Trump, his Ukrainian counterpart had absolved him of the central question in the ongoing House impeachment inquiry. Democrats in the chamber are probing whether Trump conditioned foreign aid to Ukraine and a White House visit on Zelenskiy’s willingness to launch investigations into Trump’s political rivals.

But what the president tweeted is not what Zelenskiy said.

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Zelenskiy’s answer: “Look, I never talked to the President from the position of a quid pro quo. That’s not my thing. … I don’t want us to look like beggars. But you have to understand. We’re at war. If you’re our strategic partner, then you can’t go blocking anything for us. I think that’s just about fairness. It’s not about a quid pro quo. It just goes without saying.”

From the whole quote, it’s clear that Zelenskiy did not say Trump had “done nothing wrong,” as the president claimed in his tweet. On the contrary, the Ukrainian president criticized Trump for freezing congressionally appropriated military aid to Ukraine, which is at war with Russian-backed separatists.

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Read more: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/12/02/trump-zelenskiy-says-i-did-nothing-wrong-so-impeachment-must-end.html

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 08:37 PM

1. Backasswards

Zelenskiy was in no position to have a quid pro quo.

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Mon Dec 2, 2019, 08:56 PM

2. Aw, tWumpy, is you wowwied about impeachment? You ain't seen nothin' yet!

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