The Hill reports:
President Trump on Wednesday claimed the release of the transcript of a call between him and the Ukrainian president validated his assertions that it showed no wrongdoing, even as Democrats seized on its contents to bolster their calls for impeachment.
Trump reacted to the transcript shortly after it was released while attending a meeting on Venezuela at the United Nations. He told reporters that the transcript of his July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was a “nothing call.”
“The letter was a great letter, meaning the letter revealing the call that was done at the insistence of myself. It was a friendly letter, there was no pressure,” Trump said. “The way you had that built up, that call it was going to be the call from hell. It turned out to be a nothing call other than a lot of people said ‘I never knew you could be so nice.'”
Trump sincerely believes the “transcript” is a great look for him: “The way you had that built up, that call, it was going to be the call from hell. It turned out to be a nothing call. Other than, a lot of people said, ‘I never knew you could be so nice.'” pic.twitter.com/skIdOGr1Uy
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 25, 2019
The transcript of the call reads like a classic mob shakedown:
– We do a lot for Ukraine
– There’s not much reciprocity
– I have a favor to ask
– Investigate my opponent
– My people will be in touch
Nice country you got there.
It would be a shame if something happened to her.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) September 25, 2019
In first remarks after release of Ukraine transcript, Pres. Trump dismisses the controversial call as a "nothing call, other than a lot of people said I never knew you could so nice." https://t.co/aTt6ftCFhG pic.twitter.com/MA8br2vSQW
— ABC News (@ABC) September 25, 2019