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Marcuse

(7,674 posts)
Mon Sep 18, 2023, 06:39 PM Sep 2023

Zelenskyy no longer has any motive to cover for trump during this US visit.

December 2, 2019
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky denied again that President Trump used nearly $400 million in military aid as a bargaining chip to pressure him to launch investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and Ukraine’s role in the 2016 U.S. election.

‘If you are our strategic partner, then you should not block any help. It’s about fairness for me. It’s not about a quid pro quo — it’s just a story in itself.’

Zelensky, in an interview in October, said he was unaware that the military aid was suspended when he spoke to Trump in July. “I had no idea the military aid was held up,” he said at a news conference.

“I did not speak with U.S. President Trump in those terms: You give me this, I give you that,” Zelensky reportedly told the German magazine Der Spiegel in an interview published Monday.

The July 25 phone call between Zelensky and Trump sparked the Trump impeachment inquiry that is underway in the House. Trump, for his part, has called the phone call “perfect” and blasted the Democrats’ impeachment effort as a “witch hunt.”

[link:https://www.marketwatch.com/story/zelensky-says-he-didnt-see-trump-conversation-as-a-you-give-me-this-i-give-you-that-scenario-2019-12-02|
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