“Ready? You have the cameras running?” President Donald Trump said, baiting the press on Wednesday.
While U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland was testifying before the Democrats’ House Impeachment inquiry Wednesday, Trump dared media to report something Sondland told the committee that morning in his sworn testimony.
“Ready? You have the cameras running?” Trump asked reporters before quoting testimony from Sondland which, Trump says, “Means it’s all over” for Democrats’ impeachment efforts.
Trump, then, quoted Sondland testifying that, when asked, President Trump twice told him that he wanted “nothing” in exchange for giving U.S. aid to Ukraine.
“If you weren’t fake news, you’d cover it properly,” Trump said, repeating Sondland’s quote for the reporters:
“I’m going to go very quickly, just a quick comment on what’s going on in terms of testimony with Ambassador Sondland. And, I just noticed one thing, and I would say: that means it’s all over.
“’What do you want from Ukraine?” he asks me, screaming. ‘What do you want from Ukraine? I keep hearing all these different ideas and theories’ – this is Ambassador Sondland speaking to me, just happened, to which I turned off the television.
“’It was a very short and abrupt conversation that he had with me. They said, he was not in a good mood’ – I’m always in a good mood; I don’t know what that is.”
“And, now, here’s my response that he gave, just gave. Ready? You have the cameras running?”
“’I want nothing. That’s what I want from Ukraine’ – that’s what I said. ‘I want nothing’ – I said it twice.”
“But, here’s my response. Now, if you weren’t fake news, you’d cover it properly. I say to the ambassador, in response: ‘I want nothing. I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo. Tell Zelensky, (Ukraine) President Zelensky, to do the right thing.’
“So, here’s my answer: ‘I want nothing. I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo. Tell Zelensky to do the right thing.’ Then, he says, ‘This is the final word from the president of the United States: ‘I want nothing.’”
“Thank you, folks. Have a good time.”