President Trump seems to be of two minds on whether he wants the American press and public to see the transcript of his phone call with Ukraine’s president.
The White House has been considering whether to release the call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which Mr. Trump confirmed he discussed former Vice President Joe Biden and aid to Ukraine. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly on Monday, the president both said he hopes reporters see the transcript of the call, and doesn’t necessarily want to release the transcript. The president has the power to authorize the release of the transcript at any moment.
“I can do it very easily but I would rather not do it from the standpoint of all of the other conversations I had,” Mr. Trump told reporters during a bilateral meeting with Poland’s president. “I may do it because it was a very innocent call on both his part and mine. It was really a congratulatory call because he had just won, it was just confirmed that he was the new president. I think he will do an excellent job.”
The president said of the transcript to reporters,”You’ll be very disappointed when you see it.”
Asked whether he pressured Ukraine by threatening to withhold military aid unless they investigated Biden’s son, Hunter, for corruption, Mr. Trump denied doing so. “I didn’t do it at all,” he replied. But he added, “Joe Biden is very dishonest, what he did.”
The Trump administration recently undertook a review of the Ukraine funding, and some in Congress grew impatient before the funding was finally released earlier this month.