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Ukraine Foreign Minister on Trump/Zelensky Call

Penny Starrby Penny Starr

No Direct Order to Investigate Bidens, No Link to Military Aid

Ukraine Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko told the BBC on Tuesday that President Donald Trump did not order Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter and that Trump did not threaten to withhold foreign aid in a phone call between the two leaders in July.

When the BBC radio host asked Prysaiko what he knew about the phone call that sparked the Democrats impeachment inquiry into Trump, he said he knew “quite enough” and “heard it myself.”

“So I can’t agree with what you said that the president mentioned this … that he would like us to investigate,” Prysaiko said.

Instead, Prysaiko said Trump said on the call, “If I were you I would instigate each and every corruption case.”

“So it wasn’t a direct order as some are trying to picture,” said Prysaiko, who was the deputy foreign minister but is not the country’s foreign minister.

The BBC host then asked Prysaiko to confirm that he was saying that Trump did not order an investigation into the Bidens.

“There’s no blackmail here,” Prysaiko said.

Prysaiko also spoke with the BBC about the allegation that Trump threatened to withold military aid if Urkraine didn’t cooperate with the president’s alleged request for an investigation into the Bidens’ dealings in the country.

“The military aid never was mentioned in the telephone call,” Prysaiko said, adding that the aid was granted “without any investigation started.”

“So there’s no direct link and it was not that directly said by President Trump,” Prysaiko said.


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