This had to be another disappointment for Democrats.
When Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky sat down President Donald Trump at a United Nations news conference on Wednesday, it was inevitable the two leaders would be greeted by the current controversy over their July phone call involving former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.
And, considering the Democrats’ record on trying to nail the White House so far, it was just as inevitable they would be let down again.
In no uncertain terms, Zelensky told the media that he had not been pressured by Trump during the phone call.
In fact, he called the conversation “normal.”
That likely wasn’t what the assembled media wanted to hear.
One questioner asked point-blank: “President Zelensky, have you felt any pressure from President Trump to investigate Joe Biden and Hunter Biden?”
Zelensky referred the questioner to the transcript of the phone call that was released Wednesday.
“I think you read everything,” he said, in occasionally halting, but perfectly clear, English. “I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be involved [in] democratic, open … elections of USA.
“We had, I think, good phone call. It was normal. We spoke about many things. … Nobody pushed, pushed me.”
As the transcript of the phone call showed, Trump and Zelensky did discuss the Bidens, and Joe Biden’s boasting about stopping a prosecution in Ukraine that involved a company tied to Biden’s son.
The transcript also showed Zelensky was amenable to Trump’s suggestions.
Check out the video here:
“I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be involved to democratic open elections … so I think and you read it that nobody pushed me.”
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) September 25, 2019
Trump supporters on social media were pleased — if not surprised — at Zelensky’s backing.
Every single time. Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) go ALL IN, only to step on a rake. Sad. pic.twitter.com/EGM6akgaki
— SuzSnarknado ⚓️ (@ZannSuz) September 25, 2019
Doesn’t it make sense that a president would want to know if his government’s money was used to pay for corruption? Wouldn’t he also want to know if a foreign government official was demanding a prosecutor be fired in exchange for USAID money?
— Christine E (@ChristineMarieB) September 25, 2019
Ukrainian pressure says no pressure. Which kinda reminds me of the latest Kavanaugh accusation where the accuser has no recollection of the event — and NYT just omits/disregards that fact.
— Shark Tank Trading LLC (@SharkTankTrader) September 25, 2019
None of that is likely to stop the Democratic drive to impeach the president, of course. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave the effort too much fuel with her announcement Tuesday declaring that an “impeachment inquiry” had begun.
But given the stakes for Democrats, it had to be disappointing.
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