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Trump Suggests “Fireside Chat” to Read and Explain Ukraine Call Transcript

From a story based on interview Thursday with the Washington Examiner:

A defiant President Trump signaled he will not cooperate with the Democratic Party’s impeachment proceedings, insisting his telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was “a good call” and that he might read it aloud to Americans so they can see his point. 

“This is over a phone call that is a good call,” Trump, sitting behind the Resolute Desk, said in an interview with the Washington Examiner. “At some point, I’m going to sit down, perhaps as a fireside chat on live television, and I will read the transcript of the call, because people have to hear it. When you read it, it’s a straight call.”

Trump spoke at a key moment in his presidency, with the Democrats preparing for a new, public phase in their effort to impeach Trump. Hours earlier, a bitterly divided House of Representatives had endorsed the impeachment inquiry, setting out rules for a process that is almost certain to overshadow much of the 2020 election.

But even after the vote, the president said he had no intention of taking part in the proceedings. Asked whether he would cooperate with the impeachment proceedings by honoring document requests and subpoenas, Trump responded: “You are setting a terrible precedent for other presidents,” he said.

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Trump said he was pleased with the Thursday testimony of a former White House official who said he saw nothing illegal in the telephone call at the heart of the controversy. He outlined a strategy for fighting back that would rely on the White House account of his phone call with the Ukrainian president, including T-shirts with the slogan, “Read the transcript.”

3 thoughts on “Trump Suggests “Fireside Chat” to Read and Explain Ukraine Call Transcript”

  1. Bad idea. He doesn’t have to convince his base, and he won’t change the mind of the rabid anti-Trump crowd.
    He seems to be responding to the DC tongue-wagers as if all of the country is talking about nothing else and that’s far from the truth. There’s no discussion about a phone call to the Ukraine or anywhere else out here in fly-over country.
    If the Dems do go into an official impeachment with what they have now, it will just boomerang on them. There has to be a crime, an actual crime that the public understands as criminal activity, to be successful,

    1. Contacted my Senators and Rep. (all Democrats…all Useless in this ‘one party state’)
      Told their office staffs I STRONGLY OPPOSE all of their useless “impeachment” buffoonery against Pres Trump.
      They pretty much hung up on me.

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