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NEWSWEEK: Donald Trump Was 'Very Wrong' to Publish Call Transcript, Ukraine's Volodymyr Zelensky Says

The Ukrainian president had previously avoided any direct criticism of Donald Trump despite being at the center of a global scandal

James Walker
Tuesday, 02 February 2021 22:48

The Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said former President Donald Trump's administration was wrong to publish a transcript of their first official phone call when he faced the threat of impeachment in late 2019.

Speaking to Axios on HBO on Sunday, Zelensky said he would "never let that happen" when asked about the release of the transcript, and added that neither he nor Trump had "the right" to make details of the July, 2019 phone call public.

The Ukrainian president also hinted that he had been angered by the former president's move to publish a rough transcript of the conversation as he faced allegations of offering Zelensky a White House meeting in exchange for an investigation into a Ukrainian gas company where Hunter Biden was a board member as part of a "quid pro quo" deal.

"There was one unpleasant thing. Until now, I have not spoken about this. The publishing of our conversation, I think this is very wrong," Zelensky told Axios. "And it was not Ukraine who made it public. I would never let that happen."

 

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