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Guilty verdict and mafia-style extortion: world's reaction

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Transcript Zelensky and Trump conversation released on Wednesday, September 25
14:26, 27 September 2019

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On Wednesday, September 25, the White House published a transcript of the scandalous telephone conversation between President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and US President Donald Trump. Many well-known politicians and the media almost immediately responded to the text of the conversation. We gathered a reaction to the conversation between Trump and Zelensky in the United States, the EU and the world media.

 

How did American politicians react?

US presidential candidate and 47th US Vice-President Joe Biden, who is involved in the scandal, reacted to the publication of the transcript as follows:

“Our president put personal politics above his sacred oath. The House must do its job and hold Donald Trump to account for his abuse of power. I will do mine, making my case for a presidency that will mean real help for those in our country who need it most, "said Biden.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi believes the published transcript justifies the reasonableness of the impeachment of US President Donald Trump.

"I respect the responsibility of the President to engage with foreign leaders as part of his job. It is not part of his job to use taxpayer money to shake down other countries for the benefit of his campaign," Pelosi wrote on her Twitter page.

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Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she also supports impeachment, and Donald Trump betrayed the country.

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House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff wrote:

"It’s bad enough Trump sought help from a foreign power in the last election. It’s worse still that he obstructed the investigation into his misconduct. Now he‘s admitted using his office to coerce another country to interfere in 2020. I fully support the impeachment inquiry."

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Republican Leader and Representative of California's 23rd District in the House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy believes the move is unjustified and the Democrats just want the revanche for 2016.

 

How did American politicians react?

US politician, US presidential candidate, and 47 US Vice President Joe Biden commented on a transcript of a telephone conversation on his Twitter page.

“Our president put personal politics above his sacred oath. The House must do its job and hold Donald Trump to account for his abuse of power. I will do mine, making my case for a presidency that will mean real help for those in our country who need it most,” Biden wrote.

Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi believes the published transcript confirms the need for the impeachment of US President Donald Trump.

“The release of the notes of the call by the White House confirms that the President engaged in behavior that undermines the integrity of our elections, the dignity of the office he holds and our national security,” Pelsoi said in a statement.

She added that she respected the president’s obligation to negotiate with foreign leaders.

"I respect the responsibility of the President to engage with foreign leaders as part of his job. It is not part of his job to use taxpayer money to shake down other countries for the benefit of his campaign,:" she wrote on Twitter.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton considers it a constitutional duty of the House of Representatives to consider impeachment of President Donald Trump. 

"The president of the United States has betrayed our country. That’s not a political statement—it’s a harsh reality, and we must act. He is a clear and present danger to the things that keep us strong and free. I support impeachment," Clinton wrote on Twitter.

Rep. Schiff commented on Trump-Ukraine President memo: ‘It is a classic, mafia-like shakedown of a foreign leader.

US Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said: 

"Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats should stop lying to the American people. They aren't concerned with the truth. They are still focused on undoing the 2016 election."

What does Europe say?

In a scandalous telephone conversation, Zelensky agreed with Donald Trump that European leaders were not doing enough for Ukraine.

"Yes you are absolutely right. Not only 100% but actually 1000% and I can tell you the following; I did talk to Angela Merkel and I did meet with her. I also met and talked with Macron and I told them they are not doing quite as much as they need to be doing on the issues with the sanctions. They are not enforcing the sanctions. They are not working as much as they should work for Ukraine,” Zelensky said answering Trump’s line that the United States were doing much more for Ukraine than Germany and the EU.

In response to this, the press secretary of the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and EC Vice President Federica Mogherini Maya Kocijancic published a statement that says the support of the European Union for Ukraine was “unprecedented.”

“For these five years, we have gathered for Ukraine the unprecedented support package in the history of the European Union. Being a convinced supporter of Ukraine and its democratic path, and recognizing the unprecedented challenges Ukraine is facing and the unprecedented efforts to carry out reforms since the 2014 Revolution, the European Union, together with European financial institutions, has mobilized more than 15 billion euros in grants and loans to support the reform process,” Maya Kocijancic stated.

It is also noted that this amount does not include “numerous contributions” from individual EU member states that were provided to Ukraine.

This position of Zelensky in a conversation with Trump was criticized by the ex-Foreign Minister of Sweden Carl Bildt.

“I don’t think Volodymyr Zelensky did Ukraine any favors by playing to the worst of Trumps instincts by also badmouthing what Europe is doing for his country. He seems to be ignorant about the figures,” Bildt wrote on his Twitter page.

 

Reaction of world media

The Washington Post: The memorandum on President Trump’s July 25 phone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is a devastating indictment of the U.S. president. In it, Mr. Trump presses the neophyte Ukrainian leader to join with his personal lawyer and the U.S. attorney general in investigating his potential opponent in the 2020 election, Joe Biden. He does so after underlining the support the United States provides for Ukraine and after complaining that Ukraine has not adequately reciprocated.

Wall Street Journal: The agency noted that evidence against Trump from the telephone conversation is not enough to cancel the results of 2016 presidential election.

Bloomberg: Donald Trump placed himself in deeper political jeopardy by ordering the release of a confidential memorandum recounting his July 25 call with Ukraine’s president, a document showing the president imploring the leader of a country dependent on U.S. aid to help him smear a political rival.

The call also illustrates the extent to which clever foreign leaders seek to ingratiate themselves with a U.S. president who made his fortune and reputation running a business built on his personal brand. The Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, noted to Trump that the last time he visited New York, he stayed at Trump Tower.

Fox News: “The White House on Wednesday released a transcript of President Trump’s July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky showing he sought a review of Biden family dealings in the country — but the document does not show Trump explicitly leveraging military aid as part of a quid pro quo, as Democrats have suggested in pressing forward with impeachment,” the agency writes.

USA Today writes that Trump’s impeachment could harm Joe Biden’s presidential ambitions. After all, the scandal has also put the spotlight on Biden’s son Hunter Biden’s past work for a Ukraine energy company and given Trump the opportunity to raise doubts about Biden with voters, analysts say.

 

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