Recordings of phone calls of the fifth president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and Joe Biden, former Vice President of the United States, were heavily edited. The representative of the Biden campaign headquarters, Andrew Bates, commented on the published materials, The Washington Post writes.
The Biden campaign viewed the release of the tapes as a continuation of a long-standing Russian effort to hurt the former vice president, pointing to the role that RT, the Russian state-controlled news network, played in promoting the tapes and Derkach’s ties to Russian interests.
“They heavily edited this, and it’s still a nothingburger that landed with a thud,” Biden spokesman Andrew Bates said.
Whereas, Donald Trump Jr., the president’s son, posted one of the recordings on Twitter hours later and implied impropriety by Biden. “Yikes!!!! This is not a ‘perfect conversation,’ ” Trump Jr. wrote.
Yikes!!!! This is not a “perfect conversation”— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 19, 2020
An audio recording of a conversation between Joe Biden and Petro Poroshenko on May 13, 2016 - YouTube https://t.co/7R2YxzDpGM
In one clip, Biden congratulates Poroshenko on approving a new prosecutor general.
“It’s going to be critical for him to work quickly to repair the damage that Shokin did,” Biden says. “And I’m a man of my word. And now that the new prosecutor general is in place, we’re ready to move forward to signing that new $1 billion loan guarantee.”