Speaking to reporters while departing the White House, President Donald Trump claimed that the impeachment inquiry is “all over,” after testimony from Gordon Sondland, the ambassador to the European Union.
Trump recounted a conversation that Sondland described during his testimony, where Trump said, “I want nothing. I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo,” and claimed that statement should end the impeachment inquiry.
“That means it’s all over. What do you want from Ukraine, he asks me, screaming. What do you want from Ukraine? I keep seeing all these ideas and theories.”
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President Trump reacts to Ambassador Sondland's #ImpeachmentHearings Testimony— CSPAN (@cspan) November 20, 2019
“I don’t know him very well. I have not spoken to him much. This is not a man I know well. He seems like a nice guy though.” pic.twitter.com/eijyVKWQ2b
Trump continued to tout Sondland’s testimony, where he said Trump declared he did not want a quid pro quo.
“Here is my response that he just gave. Ready? You have the cameras rolling? I want nothing. That’s what I want from Ukraine. I want nothing — I said it twice.”
While Trump has blasted previous witnesses as “never Trumpers,” he said that Sondland “seems like a nice guy,” but downplayed his connection to Sondland.
“I don’t know him very well. I have not spoken to him much. This is not a man I know well. He seems like a nice guy, though. He was with other candidates. He actually supported other candidates. Not me — came in late.”
Sondland testified that there was a quid pro quo in exchange for a meeting at the White House. However, he added that nobody told him that military aid would be linked to investigations into Burisma Holdings and former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.
“I believe I just asked him an open-ended question, Mr. Chairman. I kept hearing all these different ideas and theories, and this and that. What do you want? And it was a very short, abrupt conversation and he was not in a good mood. And he just said, I want nothing, I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo. Tell Zelensky to do the right thing. Something to that effect.”
Trump mentioned his desire for Ukraine to announce an investigation into the Bidens during a July 25 phone call with the Ukrainian president, but has repeatedly claimed that he did not want a quid pro quo in exchange for the investigations.