US President Donald Trump said he wanted “no quid pro quo” from Ukraine while reading from a handwritten note to the media outside the White House in Washington DC on Wednesday.
The note was an apparent aide to his defense in the ongoing impeachment inquiries against him that he didn’t make any requests from Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky when asked about about his plans for the country.
“I say to the ambassador, response, ‘I want nothing. I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo. Tell Zelenskiy, President Zelenskiy to do the right thing.’ So here’s my answer,” read Trump.
The notes refer to a phone call between the two men that took place in September. Still reading from his notepad, Trump repeated the questions Sondland would have asked him that day.
“‘What do you want from Ukraine? I keep hearing all these different ideas of theories. What do you want? What do you want?’ It was a very short and abrupt conversation that he had with me. They said ‘he was not in a good mood.’ I’m always in a good mood,” said Trump.
The president is alleged to have asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to find damaging information on the business dealings of Hunter Biden, the son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, during the call. Hunter Biden was on the board of a Ukrainian gas company between 2014 and 2019.
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