Trump May Read Summary of Ukraine Call in ‘Fireside Chat’: Interview

“READ THE TRANSCRIPT!” U.S. President Donald Trump exhorts regularly on Twitter, referring to a telephone call with Ukraine’s president that led to an impeachment inquiry. Now he is threatening to do just that – on live television.

Trump told the Washington Examiner he would not cooperate with congressional impeachment proceedings and might read out loud a transcript of a July 25 call in which Trump asks President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate a domestic political rival.

“This is over a phone call that is a good call,” Trump told the Examiner in an interview. “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’s reference to the fireside chat recalled the informal evening radio addresses President Franklin D. Roosevelt used to reassure Americans facing hardships during the Great Depression – a far cry from a U.S. president defending himself against impeachment.

The Trump administration in September released a detailed summary of the 30-minute call – not a precise transcript – based on notes taken by aides, as Democrats in the House of Representatives began looking into Trump’s call following a whistleblower complaint.

The House, which is controlled by Democrats, approved rules on Thursday for the next, more public, stage in the inquiry into the Republican president’s attempt to have Ukraine investigate a domestic political rival.

The inquiry centers on whether Trump solicited foreign interference and aid in a U.S. election, which federal law prohibits. Democrats are also investigating whether Trump withheld $391 million in American aid to vulnerable Ukraine, who faced a military threat from Russian-backed separatists, as leverage to get Zelenskiy to announce an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter. [

Biden is a leading contender for the Democratic nomination to face Trump in the November 2020 presidential election. Hunter Biden sat on the board of a Ukrainian energy company. There has been no evidence of wrongdoing on their part.

Current and former Trump administration officials have testified behind closed doors that the White House went outside normal diplomatic channels to pressure Zelenskiy to investigate the Bidens.

Trump has insisted he did nothing wrong. He said his administration would continue to not honor document requests and subpoenas.

He told the Examiner he would fight back with a defense of the Ukraine call and use his well-honed art of the slogan, offering T-shirts emblazoned with “Read the transcript.”

(Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Frances Kerry)

Responses

  1. Wow, what a desperate ploy! King Donald The Loser is running scared.

    We can read, thank you just the same, and we heard you already on national television requesting ANOTHER foreign government to also investigate a political opponent FOR YOU. We don’t need to hear YOU read out your confession through a reality show fireside chat.

  2. Well it seems that reading the transcript is “his confession” . So those who have commented that it is a “desperate ploy” should be waiting for his ploy.
    Generally speaking, providing the information in question is not a ploy.

    The definition of a ploy is : a cunning plan or action designed to turn a situation to one’s own advantage.

    When providing the transcript before it is asked for and then wanting to read it to the public isn’t a ploy. It is providing the information that being looked at.

    If that is a ploy then everytime a prosecutor or defense attorney submits Factual evidence in a case they are guilty of the same crime.

    The truth is what the left has always been afraid of.

    1. “Generally speaking, providing the information in question is not a ploy.” Captain Snowflake

      In this case, “providing the information” was like handing a prosecutor a signed confession. There is no need to read it out loud to the jury.

  3. Well it seems that reading the transcript is “his confession” . So those who have commented that it is a “desperate ploy” should be waiting for his ploy.
    Generally speaking, providing the information in question is not a ploy.

    The definition of a ploy is : a cunning plan or action designed to turn a situation to one’s own advantage.

    When providing the transcript before it is asked for and then wanting to read it to the public isn’t a ploy. It is providing the information that being looked at.

    If that is a ploy then every time a prosecutor or defense attorney submits factual evidence in a case they are involved in a ploy.

    So a cunning plan to turn things things to his advantage Trump deviously releases the transcript of the call in question- after the left has already made the allegations which are not substantiated by the transcript. Quite a devious ploy now to read the transcript.

    James-
    Thanks for your observations- Age and ability to think on ones own makes all the difference. Personally I have learned a lot over the years but not by listening to the crowd ( I have on some things but learned my lessons)

  4. >Michael<

    Have no idea what was posted; but would like to see the two replies to your comment. I am somewhat pleased you have the intelligence to recognize one's intellect which is based on many years of observing, studying and watching the Left shoot itself in the foot. In my particular case, it's been over a 63 year period after I registered to vote at age 21 back in the day. Some of the Lefties – I believe – accidentally missed their foot and hit their head instead.

    But aside from that; I see a lot of Lefties here who cannot answer an intelligent query or respond to a comment without claiming there must be a "conspiracy theory" or "cult follower" or "you're stupid" or (my favorite) "confused" or some other such really stupid prattle, when in fact it is they who are parroting those false narratives (they know as and we usually call BS) which they are told to spread to attract converts to a failed ideology by their upscale handlers who manufacture that trash (BS) in their parents' basement. But, opinions will go on being expressed and just like butts, everybody has one.

  5. Speaking of desperate ploys like the entire impeachment proceedings…

    A fireside chat would be a gigantic FU to the Left. FDR is/was one of their heroes and trendsetters. (consider that he had the cooperation of that day’s MSM to hide his own disabilities.)

    Trump may gain some points in public opinion, but he’d better have some good political answers to the impeachment proceedings. The Dims will no doubt push the inquiry into a full-blown process, now that Mueller fizzled and 2020 is closing in.

  6. Poor James, feeling alone and trapped at the top of his towering intellect. All he can do is parrot conspiracy theories and repeat lies that were put out by scam artists and gaslighters to hoodwink people who know no better. I hope he feels better about himself after repeating other people’s lines in this community of commenters.

    1. He doesn’t seem to have many original thoughts, that’s for sure. He does post some unique conspiracies that I’ve never come across before, though.

  7. Most of the lower-IQ Lefties cannot read or even understand what they hear; so, this is a waste of good television time and effort by a transparent Administration which has done nothing wrong. Maybe Trump should embark on an “Apology Tour” for his Administration’s efforts to clean up the mess left behind by the Barry/Biden bunch and their criminal element.

    1. WHAT specifically did Obama apologize for? WHO was ever indicted from the Obama administration? 8 Hearings on Benghazi and not one indictment. EVERY committee disproved the RW conspiracies. Trey promised, but that promise was unfulfilled. The FBI investigated and no indictment—despite FOX promising you Hillary would be charged with an unspecified crime. Are you proud of Trump’s kowtowing to dictators? –The Helsinki press conference where Trump, on the world stage, claimed to believe Putin over the U.S. Intelligence community? Trump praising Kim Jung Un as a “loved by his people”? Trump’s defense of Kim regarding the torture of Otto Warmbier?? Proud of Trump’s praise of Duterte’s human rights violations? Praise of MBS after U.S. Intel indicated he knew of the assassination of a permanent U.S. resident?? I get it that you believe Trump has denuclearized North Korea, renegotiated JCPOA, paid off the national debt, signed only balanced budgets, got Mexico to pay for his wall, and brought peace to the Middle East. BUT I don’t live in your world. I live in reality and one day you will join the real world again and see the world as it is.

  8. Wow, what a desperate ploy! King Donald The Loser is running scared.

    We can read, thank you just the same, and we heard you already on national television requesting ANOTHER foreign government to also investigate a political opponent for YOU. We don’t need to hear YOU read out your confession through a reality show fireside chat.

    1. WHAT could my President possibly be scared of? A bunch of Socialist losers out pandering (lying) for money and votes for a gig they’re not qualified to have and won’t have? Maybe he’s “scared” the old sickly, Alinsky radicalized Queen of Mass Corruption will try it a fourth time? LOL.

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