President Trump on Sunday went on the offensive against Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and the whistleblower who reportedly raised concerns about the president’s interaction with a foreign leader said to be the president of Ukraine.
Speaking to reporters outside the White House, Trump again defended his conduct during the call with Ukraine. He denied that there was a quid pro quo involved in the talks with the Ukrainian president, calling it a “perfect conversation.”
Instead, Trump sought to shift the focus to Biden and the whistleblower, suggesting they had been the ones in the wrong.
Trump described the nature of his July 25 talk with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as “largely congratulatory” and focused on corruption before suggesting the Bidens were a point of discussion.
“It was largely the fact that we don’t want our people, like Vice President Biden and his son, [contributing] to the corruption already in the Ukraine,” Trump said as he left for an event in Texas.
“I’m not looking to hurt Biden… but he said a very bad thing. He said a very foolish thing,” Trump added.
He went on to criticize the whistleblower that set off the controversy, saying the official had caused a “false alarm.”
Trump has given mixed messages about the whistleblower in recent days. The president has accused the whistleblower of being “partisan” while admitting he does not know their identity, and he claimed he’s aware his calls with foreign leaders are heavily “populated” while asserting Sunday that he should be able to speak freely without others listening in.
“This whistleblower or whoever it was — because it sounds like it’s not a whistleblower — you can’t have that happen to a president of the United States,” Trump said. “The conversation, by the way, was absolutely perfect. It was a beautiful, warm, nice conversation.”
Multiple outlets reported Friday that Trump pressured the Ukrainian president during a July call to investigate Biden’s son, Hunter.
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