White House Releases Transcript Of Donald Trump's Call With Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

Rachel Dillin

The White House has released a transcript of President Donald Trump's telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky from July 25, 2019. The conversation has been a hot topic, and centers on the recent whistleblower call currently making headlines.

The transcript, which is reportedly unredacted, can be viewed at the official White House website. A footnote noted that the transcript released by the White House is not a verbatim transcript of the conversation.

In the call, which lasted around 30 minutes, President Trump called to congratulate President Zelensky. At one point, though, after discussing what an excellent relationship the two countries enjoy, Trump asked Zelensky for a favor.

"I would like you to do us a favor though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it."
"The other thing, There's a lot of talk about Biden's son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it... It sounds horrible to me."

During the call, the Ukrainian president also mentioned that the last time he visited New York City, he stayed in Trump Tower. They ended the call with invitations to visit each leader's respective country. President Trump invited Zelensky to call the White House when he's ready to visit the United States, and President Zelensky extended an invitation to Trump.

While President Trump maintains that the call was "perfect," Democrats feel that he pressured a foreign country to dig up dirt on a political opponent. This concern led to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to launch an impeachment inquiry into Trump.