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USA: Trump 'knows nothing' about alleged call with Sondland

4 14.11.2019 Инфо

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W/S US President Donald Trump and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan entering conference room, Washington DC
SOT, Donald Trump, US President: "Are you talking about the witch hunt? Is that what you mean? Is that what you're talking about? I hear it's a joke. I haven't watched. I haven't watched for one minute because I've been with the president, which is much more important as far as I'm concerned. This is a sham and shouldn't be allowed. It was a situation that was caused by people that shouldn't have allowed it to happen. I want to find out who is the whistleblower, because the whistleblower gave a lot of very incorrect information, including my call with the president of Ukraine, which was a perfect call and highly appropriate. And he wrote something that was much different than the fact. I want to find out why the IG (Inspector General), why would he have presented that when in fact, all he had to do is check the call itself and he would have seen it. I'm going to be releasing, I think on Thursday a second call, which actually was the first of the two. And you'll make a determination as to what you think there. But I've heard just a report, they said it's all third hand information. Nothing direct at all. Can't be direct because I never said it. And all they have to do is look very, very simply at the transcript. If you read the transcript, this was analysed by great lawyers."
M/S Press conference *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Donald Trump, US President: "So that this country gets put through that, that we have to waste this gentlemen's time by even thinking about it, talking about it. I'd much rather focus on peace in the Middle East. And I hear that it's I hear that it's a hoax and it's being played as a hoax. That's what I hear. But you'll have to tell me."
M/S Journalist *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Donald Trump, US President: "I know nothing about that, first time I've heard it. The one thing I've seen that Sondland said was that he did speak to me for a brief moment, and I said no quid pro quo under any circumstances. And that's true. The other, I've never heard this. In any event, it's more second hand information. But I've never heard it."
SOT, Reporter: "Do you recall having a conversation with Sondland?"
Donald Trump, US President: "I don't recall. No, not at all. Not even a little bit. The only thing, and I guess Sondland stayed with his testimony that there was no quid pro quo, pure and simple."
M/S Trump and Erdogan leaving press conference
SCRIPT
US President Donald Trump said that he "knows nothing" about an alleged phone call with US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland. Trump made the remarks speaking at a joint press conference with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House, in Washington DC on Wednesday.
"I know nothing about that, first time I've heard it. The one thing I've seen that Sondland said was that he did speak to me for a brief moment, and I said no quid pro quo under any circumstances. And that's true. The other, I've never heard this," said Trump after his top envoy in Ukraine William Taylor alleged the US President had spoken to Sondland asking him about "the investigations", a day after his phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
Trump also reiterated that his phone call with the Ukranian President, now at the centre of his impeachment inquiry was "perfect and highly appropriate".
"I'm going to be releasing, I think on Thursday a second call, which actually was the first of the two. And you'll make a determination as to what you think there. But I've heard just a report, they said it's all third-hand information. Nothing direct at all. Can't be direct because I never said it," Trump said to the press.
Trump's earlier phone call with Zelenskiy in July resulted in an official complaint from a whistleblower, which sparked the House Democrats' ongoing impeachment inquiry.
The president is alleged to have asked 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.