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Trump did not ask Zelensky for permission to publish the transcript of their conversation

  • Trump did not ask Zelensky for permission to publish the transcript of their conversation

Kiev: President Vladimir Zelensky said that he had not spoken with US President Donald Trump before unveiling the transcript of their telephone conversation and thought that the White House would publish only “its part”.

The Ukrainian president said this to reporters after negotiations with the American leader in New York.

“I did not talk to President Trump before that. This was the first meeting. Yesterday we just shook hands and that’s it. He congratulated me, said that he had not seen so many people voting for one person, and that’s all”, - Zelensky said, answering the question of whether Trump had consulted before publicizing their conversation.

To a clarifying question from journalists, whether Ukraine agreed to publish the conversation, Zelensky replied: “I do not mind. I just don’t know the format, I'll tell you honestly whether there should be written permission. I just thought that they would publish their part”.

He noted that he believes that sometimes calls between presidents are not allowed to be published.

Recall, on September 25, the White House unveiled the transcript of the July conversation between Trump and Zelensky. In it, Zelensky says that the next prosecutor general will be "completely his man" and will deal with the Biden case.

And on September 24, the US House of Representatives launched the impeachment process of Trump.


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