Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko spoke up on Saturday, Sept. 21, about the telephone conversation between two leaders, saying that President Donald Trump had not pressured the Ukrainian president.
The conversation was all over news media last week, in which they claimed that President Trump has repeatedly urged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden’s son and force Zelensky to intervene in the 2020 U.S presidential election.
“It appears that the president might have used his official powers—in particular, perhaps the threat of withholding a quarter-billion dollars in military aid—to leverage a foreign government into helping him defeat a potential political opponent in the United States,” as The Associated Press reported, citing lawyer George T. Conway III.
The Democratic heads of three House committees have launched an investigation into alleged efforts by the president and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani to pressure the Ukrainian authorities for their own political ends.
“I know what the conversation was about and I think there was no pressure. There was talk, conversations are different, leaders have the right to discuss any problems that exist,” Prystaiko said in an interview with Hromadske (a Ukrainian and Eastern European news outlet).
“This conversation was long, friendly, and it touched on a lot of questions, including those requiring serious answers,” he added.
President Trump asserted the Ukraine foreign minister’s comment, adding, “if you’re looking for something done wrong, just look at the tape of Sleepy Joe. He is being protected by the Media!”
“Ukraine Foreign Minister disputes reports of any pressure from Trump. This conversation was long, friendly, and it touched on many questions.” @NBCNews Correct. If your looking for something done wrong, just look at the tape of Sleepy Joe. He is being protected by the Media!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 21, 2019
The mentioned “tape of Sleepy Joe” showed the former vice president threatened then Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in March 2016 that the Obama administration would pull $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees if he didn’t immediately fire Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.
The questions related to Hunter Biden’s business affairs in Ukraine have circulated for years, after he was hired in 2014 by Burisma Holdings, which involved in a wide-ranging corruption probe led by Shokin, according to the Hill.
President Trump in another tweet, said the “Democrats and the Fake News Media” are just creating another ridiculous “Witch Hunt” to protect Biden and he predicted their efforts “will fail again!”