Trump: ‘I Have No Problem Releasing’ First Call to Ukraine

By Melanie Arter | November 8, 2019 | 12:09pm EST
(Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

( – President Donald Trump plans to release the transcript of another call he had with the president of Ukraine, which took place before the call in question.

Speaking to reporters on the White House lawn on Friday prior to leaving for Atlanta, the president said, “They are after -- I have a second call that nobody knew about. I guess they want that call to be produced also.


“I had a second call with the president, which actually I believe came before this one, and now they all want that one, and if they want it I'll give it to them. I haven't seen it recently, but I'll give it to them, but I had a call before this one with the president of Ukraine. I understand they’d like it, and I have no problem giving it to them. I have no problem giving it to them,” Trump said.

When asked why he would ask the president of Ukraine something he wasn’t willing to ask the Justice Department to do, Trump said, “We are looking for corruption. We are giving hundreds of millions of dollars, and we are looking for corruption. All you have to do is take a look at Biden, and you will see tremendous corruption. What he did is quid pro quo times 10.”

When asked whether he asked Attorney General Bill Barr to investigate Ukraine, Trump said, “I never spoke to him about anything. It’s up to Bill Barr. Bill Barr can do whatever he wants to do, but I saw the same tape on television. The tape shows that Joe Biden is a crook.

“He is 100% crooked, and the fake news which is you and you, you don't want to do anything about it. His son walked out with millions of dollars from Ukraine, millions of dollars from China. He doesn't know anything. He walked away with a stash. It’s a corrupt deal. It’s a corrupt enterprise. If the press did it right, it's a hell of a story,” the president said.

“Can I come back to the first transcript of the call with Zelensky from April 21. The White House counsel isn't keen to release that. Will you overrule him?” Fox News Correspondent John Roberts asked.

“They don't want to give all this information on a scam. It's a witch hunt. I'm okay with releasing it. It doesn't bother me. I know what I said. It was fine, but no, they do want to have the second call which is really the first call. The one before this. I had a call. I'm sure it was fine. I make a lot of calls, but I have no problem releasing it. I'm very transparent,” Trump said.

“Nobody is more transparent than I am. If I wasn't and if I didn't release it, it would have been a problem, because the fake whistleblower said something about the call, many things that were wrong. When the whistleblower came forward, he talked about this horrible call. It turned out to be a perfect call as I say. Mark Levin said it was a perfect call. So they lied. They lied,” the president added.

“The whole thing is a scam. This is a scam by the Democrats to try and win an election. Now they want -- now they want my first call. I have no problem giving it to them other than I don't like giving calls to the media when I am dealing with foreign nations, but I will give it if they want it,” he said.


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