Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko has denied reports that President TrumpDonald John TrumpJulián Castro: It’s time for House Democrats to ‘do something’ about Trump Warren: Congress is ‘complicit’ with Trump ‘by failing to act’ Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest MORE pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenJulián Castro: It’s time for House Democrats to ‘do something’ about Trump Warren: Congress is ‘complicit’ with Trump ‘by failing to act’ Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest MORE‘s son.
“I know what the conversation was about and I think there was no pressure,” Prystaiko was quoted as saying in news outlet Hromadske.
“There was talk, conversations are different, leaders have the right to discuss any problems that exist. This conversation was long, friendly, and it touched on a lot of questions, including those requiring serious answers,” he added.
He also blamed “misinformation” and “evil intentions” for “speculations” that Ukraine would have preferred Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMissing piece to the Ukraine puzzle: State Department’s overture to Rudy Giuliani On The Money: Trump downplays urgency of China trade talks | Chinese negotiators cut US trip short in new setback | Trump sanctions Iran’s national bank | Survey finds Pennsylvania, Wisconsin lost the most factory jobs in past year Meghan McCain, Ana Navarro get heated over whistleblower debate MORE to be president.
The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that Trump repeatedly urged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Biden during a July phone call. Trump reportedly told Zelensky to work with his s personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiClarence Thomas, Joe Manchin, Rudy Giuliani among guests at second state visit under Trump Missing piece to the Ukraine puzzle: State Department’s overture to Rudy Giuliani Biden blasts Trump, demands he release transcript of call with foreign leader MORE on the matter about eight times.
Trump’s communication with Ukraine came under scrutiny after an intelligence whistleblower filed a complaint regarding the situation.
The U.S. president on Friday told reporters that his contact with foreign leaders is “always appropriate.“
“I have conversations with many leaders. It’s always appropriate. Always appropriate,” he said. “At the highest level always appropriate. And anything I do, I fight for this country.”