Published: Wed, December 04, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Three Times Zelensky Mildly Pushed Back On Trump In New Interview

Three Times Zelensky Mildly Pushed Back On Trump In New Interview

"I definitely did not speak with President Trump in such a way, like, 'you give me this, I give you that, '" Zelenskiy said in an interview with Time magazine, Germany's Der Spiegel, France's Le Monde, and Poland's Gazeta Wyborcza on December 2.

During the interview, Zelenskiy said he "never talked to the President from the position of a quid pro quo". That's not my thing.

When asked if he agreed that Russian interference in the U.s. election was a "hoax", U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale, the No. 3 State Department official, told a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, "No".

According to the Republican's missive, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky "has just again announced that President Trump has done nothing wrong with respect to Ukraine and our interactions or calls".

Far from exonerating Trump, that sounded like the Ukrainian president was criticizing Trump for withholding US military aid for our vulnerable ally.

"I would never want Ukraine to be a piece on the map, on the chess board of big global players, so that someone could toss us around, use us as cover, as part of some bargain", he said.

This is not the first time Zelenskiy denied the accusation of wrongdoing regarding a phone call between him and President Trump.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky refuted as quickly as once again that President Trump utilized nearly $400 million in navy assistance as a negotiating chip to worry him to release examinations right into previous Vice President Joe Biden as well as Ukraine's placement within the 2016 United States political election. "And in the event you are our strategic accomplice then you definately must not ever block any help". House investigators in the impeachment inquiry have zeroed in on the issue of whether this matter amounted to a quid pro quo or bribery. It's about fairness for me.

"When America says, for instance, that Ukraine is a corrupt country, that is the hardest of signals", he said. It's not about a quid pro quo.

"All branches of government were corrupted over many years", he said. "It just goes without saying", he added.

Vladimir Zelensky and Donald trump.

I was all set to explain, once again, that Zelensky's assessments of Trump's misdeeds aren't altogether relevant to the impeachment inquiry.

In other words, the chaff thrown up by Trump and his allies in defense of his attempt to persuade Zelenskiy 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.

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