Trump was skeptical of Zelensky's election victory, - Volker

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to the former U.S. special envoy, Trump received negative comments about the new President of Ukraine from his lawyer Rudy Giuliani
13:57, 20 November 2019


Former U.S. Special Envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker stated during a congressional hearing that Donald Trump was skeptical of Volodymyr Zelensky's victory in the presidential election, ABC reports.

"Despite the unanimous, positive assessment and recommendations of those of us who were part of the U.S. Presidential Delegation that attended the inauguration of President Zelensky, President Trump was receiving a different, negative narrative about Ukraine and President Zelensky," Volker said.

According to the special representative, Trump received feedback from his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.

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"On May 23, upon returning from Ukraine, We stressed our finding that President Zelensky represented the best chance for getting Ukraine out of the mire of corruption it had been in for over 20 years. We urged him to invite President Zelensky to the White House. The President was very skeptical. Given Ukraine’s history of corruption, that is understandable," Volker said.

Volker added that Trump called Ukraine a “corrupt country, full of terrible people, who tried to take him down”.

As we reported earlier, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence, Jennifer Williams stated that the phone call between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart at the center of Congress’ impeachment investigation was “inappropriate”, Reuters reported.

In Congress, while testifying as part of an investigation into impeachment, Williams stated that Trump’s demand for Ukraine to conduct an investigation for political reasons seemed “unusual and inappropriate”. 

Related: Impeachment witness says Ukraine ‘gradually came to understand’ Trump’s desired investigation was tied to aid, meeting

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