Ukraine's president says 'no blackmail' in Trump call
October 11, 2019 6:38 am
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said there was “no blackmail” in a phone call with Donald Trump that is at the heart of a possible attempt to remove the US president from office.
“This is not corruption, it was just a call,” Mr Zelensky said on Thursday.
The call prompted a whistleblower complaint and Democratic impeachment inquiry of the Republican president.
Mr Trump denies withholding US aid while pressuring Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden.
Impeachment is a process by which Congress can vote to oust a president – though it requires support from a majority of both chambers and as such, is currently thought unlikely to pass the Republican-controlled Senate.
Speaking to reporters at a news conference in Kiev on Thursday, Mr Zelensky said of his 25 July call with Mr Trump: “There was no blackmail. It was not the subject of our conversation.”