Published: Tue, December 03, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Ukraine leader says he didn't discuss 'quid pro quo' with Trump

Ukraine leader says he didn't discuss 'quid pro quo' with Trump

In other words, the chaff thrown up by Trump and his allies in defense of his attempt to persuade Zelensky to announce two investigations that could help Trump's reelection bid - "Ukraine is corrupt, and Trump was just trying to protect taxpayers' money" - is at least as harmful to Ukraine's new housecleaning government as it is helpful to Trump. "If the Radical Left Democrats were sane, which they are not, it would be case over!"

Speaking to reporters before departing the White House for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in London on Monday, Trump once again called the impeachment inquiry a "hoax", and said it should be "case over" following Zelenskiy's comments.

Zelensky appeared to call out the USA and Republicans for peddling conspiracy theories about Ukraine and 2016 election.

While he denied there was any quid pro quo associated with the withheld aid, Zelensky called out the US for keeping aid from a country actively at war with Russian Federation.

It's not just a reminder that Trump's tweets are not to be accepted at face value; it's also evidence of a Ukrainian president making his dissatisfaction with Trump known for the first time.

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But then I read Zelensky's interview with a group of global journalists, including a reporter from Time magazine, and it quickly became obvious that the Ukrainian president did not say what Trump claimed he said. I think that's just about fairness.

"When America says, for instance, that Ukraine is a corrupt country, that is the hardest of signals", Zelensky said.

"For me it's very important for the United States, with all they can do for us, for them really to understand that we are a different country, that we are different people", Zelenskiy said, according to Time, which was among four publications that interviewed Ukraine's leader. It's not that those things don't exist. So he said he wasn't aware of or concerned with any alleged quid pro quo - he was concerned about his nation's ability to defend itself.

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks during a news conference following his meeting with Lithuania's President Gitanas Nauseda at the Presidential Palace in Vilnius, Lithuania, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. It just goes without saying. "But that signal from them is very important", Zelensky explained.

"If these three issues are resolved, then we can see if everyone wants to put an end to the conflict".

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