Ukrainian president slams Trump decision to delay military aid

Joanna Estrada
December 3, 2019

"While Democrats reflexively dismiss these truths as conspiracy theories, the facts are indisputable and bear heavily on the Democrats' impeachment inquiry".

Nonetheless, Zelensky, a comedian-turned-president, expressed his frustration about the aid freeze.

"I definitely did not speak with President Trump in such a way, like, 'you give me this, I give you that, '" Zelenskiy said in an interview with Time magazine, Germany's Der Spiegel, France's Le Monde, and Poland's Gazeta Wyborcza on December 2. "It might seem like an easy thing to say, that combination of words: Ukraine is a corrupt country".

"This is a hard signal", Zelensky said.

Mr. Trump later tweeted, "The President of Ukraine has just again announced that President Trump has done nothing wrong with respect to Ukraine and our interactions or calls".

He said that an end to the conflict with Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine could not be discussed until three preliminary steps had been taken.

Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Monday that some of Ukraine's officials apparently favored a Hillary Clinton presidency in 2016, suggesting that, on some level, that preference could be considered comparable to Russians' support for Trump.

The report cites a 2016 op-ed that Valeriy Chaly, the Ukrainian ambassador to the United States at the time, wrote criticizing Trump's policies toward Ukraine. Republicans frequently mentioned it in the hearings as evidence of Ukraine attempting to influence the outcome of the election, as well as other public criticisms Ukranian officials made against Trump.

Zelensky has expressed a desire to avoid involvement in US political affairs, a position that was affirmed by numerous witnesses who testified last month in the impeachment inquiry hearings.

"The summary was mistakenly placed on a secure server; however, the Democrats' witnesses explained that there was no nefarious conduct or malicious intent associated with this action", the Republican staff said.

In the same interview, the Ukrainian president also took aim at Trump's rhetoric about Ukrainian "corruption" - Zelensky believes Trump's claims undermined Ukraine in the eyes of worldwide observers and investors - before concluding, "I don't trust anyone at all".

A Senate hearing on Russian Federation policy became a platform for Democrats to hammer home the point that President Donald Trump, some of his senior officials and Republican lawmakers have been spreading a discredited conspiracy theory that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

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