President Donald Trump’s advisers are debating on whether to publicize to American media the transcript of a phone call he had with Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky. according to CNN.
The president however, is positive that the press will get a chance to sneak a peek at the transcript.
“You’re going to see,” Trump told reporters Monday morning, Sept. 23, at the UN General Assembly when he was questioned about the details of the conversation in July, according to ABC News.
“You’ll be very disappointed when you see it,” the president referred to the transcript to reporters.
“The conversation I had was largely congratulatory,” Trump said while noting that he could do it very easily but would rather refrain “from the standpoint of all the other conversations [he] had.”
“I may do it because it was a very innocent call on both his part and mine,” Trump told reporters during a bilateral meeting with Poland’s president.
“It was largely corruption—all of the corruption taking place. Largely the fact that we don’t want our people like Vice President Biden and his son creating to the corruption already in the Ukraine,” Trump said of the phone call, which he described as “absolutely perfect.”
According to CNN, a person familiar with the discussions said the White House Counsel’s Office is currently involved in determining whether the transcript should be released, and in what form it is to be released. The source also said the release could happen “soon.”
“It’s true what the president said, when foreign leaders come together to speak, they need to be able to speak candidly. I do think that perhaps releasing this kind of a transcript could set a bad precedent,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said during a Fox News interview on Monday. “He is willing to do it, I think. There is a lot of other people, lawyers and such that may have a problem with it. We will see what happens.”
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is against the idea of releasing the president’s phone call transcript as he fears that setting such a precedent could prove a problem with future foreign leaders.
“I think that would be a terrible precedent,” Mnuchin said on Sunday over CNN’s “State of the Union.” “Conversations between world leaders are meant to be confidential, and if every time someone for political reasons raised a question, and all of a sudden those conversations were disclosed publicly … then why would world leaders want to have conversations together?”
Pompeo had similar thoughts.
“We don’t release transcripts very often. It’s the rare case. Those are private conversations between world leaders, and it wouldn’t be appropriate to do so except in the most extreme circumstances. There’s no, there’s no evidence that would be appropriate here at this point,” Pompeo said on ABC’s “This Week.”
“So release the transcript of the call then,” the former Vice President provoked Trump on Twitter.
President Trump was unfazed.
“If a Republican ever said what Joe Biden said, they would be getting the electric chair by right now. Look at the double standards. You people ought to be ashamed of yourself,” Trump tweeted. “You have a lot of crooked journalists. You are crooked as hell.”