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Politics Trump touts Ukraine call during meeting with Republican senators

23:20  31 october  2019
23:20  31 october  2019 Source:   politico.com

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President Donald Trump on Thursday continued courting the Republicans that will determine whether or not he is removed from office, telling a group The president and senators did not discuss Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman's assertion that some of the transcript of the call was omitted from the summary

The White House has released the memorandum of a July 2019 telephone conversation between Donald Trump and Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

President Donald Trump on Thursday continued courting the Republicans that will determine whether or not he is removed from office, telling a group of nine GOP senators that he was glad he had released the summary of his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: President Donald Trump.© Scott Olson/Getty Images President Donald Trump.

Over chicken lunch in the Roosevelt Room, the president repeatedly referenced the summary of his call with Zelensky as exculpatory and touted the opposition of two House Democrats to the House’s impeachment resolution on Thursday, according to attendees. House impeachment inquiry witnesses have asserted that Trump had used aid to Ukraine as a condition for investigating his political rival Joe Biden, but Trump still sees the White House readout of the July 25 call as his best defense.

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During that call , Trump repeatedly pressured Zelensky to investigate Biden's son's business dealings in Ukraine . Prior to the conversation between Trump and his Over the weekend, Republican Senator Mitt Romeny of Utah, who was his party's presidential nominee in 2012, shared his concerns

Trump is accused of pressing Ukraine to investigate his political rivals. I also met and talked with Macron and I told them that they are not doing quite as much as they need to be doing 3 Mr. Trump said Attorney General William P. Barr would call the Ukrainian president about another investigation.

“He said: 'Read the transcript.' He said a number of times he was really glad there was a transcript and that he was really glad he released it,” said Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.). “What the president said over and over: He was delighted there was a transcript, he was glad that there was one and he was glad that he released it.”

“The point that the president is making is: They put the transcript out and if you look and read the transcript there’s nothing wrong with that,” said Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.). “There’s a transcript of the call and no one has said that if you read the transcript of the call it’s a violation of the law.”

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THE BIG IDEA: President Trump tweeted this morning that “just a casual reading of the Transcript leads EVERYBODY to see that the call with the The Army officer, who earned the Purple Heart for valor during combat in Iraq, recalled Zelensky specifically referencing the Ukrainian natural gas firm

During the call , Mr. Trump referred to Shokin in positive terms. "I heard you had a prosecutor who was very good and he was shut down and that's really The president's call with Zelensky took place a day after Robert Mueller testified before Congress about the Russia investigation and about whether Mr

The president and senators did not discuss Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman's assertion that some of the transcript of the call was omitted from the summary released from the White House. Vindman, a National Security Council official overseeing Ukraine policy, listened in to the July 25 call and a testified this week that he was so disturbed by it that he reported it to the NSC lawyer.

The president has been touting party unity and he found it on Thursday, as Reps. Jeff Van Drew (D-N.J.) and Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) joined all House Republicans in rebuking the Democratic-led impeach inquiry.

“I don’t think it was lost on him,” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas).

Cornyn, Hawley and Scott joined GOP Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, John Barrasso of Wyoming, Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, as well as Cindy Hyde-Smith and Roger Wicker, both of Mississippi, according to an administration official. Trump was joined by Vice President Mike Pence, acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, White House counsel Pat Cipollone and legislative director Eric Ueland, Scott said.

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President Donald Trump has acknowledged withholding US aid to Ukraine and pressing his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate his would-be White House The Republican president also acknowledged pressuring newly elected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during a phone call on 25 July to

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Toomey and Cornyn have both said that the president should not have discussed Biden with Zelensky, but that the conversation between the two leaders is not impeachable. The president did not discuss the differing views of the GOP conference either on Thursday or last week, when he hosted 10 senators in a gathering that include a couple who have been mildly critical. Toomey declined to comment on the meeting besides that the chicken was "tasty."

“Jovial. He seems upbeat and positive,” Hawley said of Trump's mood.

The senators also discussed Syria, Iran and the recent raid against ISIS commander Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as well as the canine Conan who assisted in the military operation. Scott also buttonholed White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow to sign onto his bill to give Americans back the costs they’ve paid in tariffs.

Marianne LeVine and Nancy Cook contributed to this report.

The Trump impeachment is all about an allegation of quid pro quo. But what does that mean? .
Quid pro quo. It's hard to say and a bit confusing to understand, but it's the phrase at the center of a contentious impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. © Scott Olson/Getty Images President Donald Trump addresses the International Association of Chiefs of Police convention on Oct. 28, 2019 in Chicago. Did he withhold military aid to Ukraine by pressuring the country to investigate his political rivals? Trump and his staunch supporters say no. The Democrats say yes. Either way, the idea of quid pro quo stands firmly at the base of the investigation.

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