Trump Releases Rough Transcript of First Call with Zelensky

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Friday, President Donald Trump released a rough transcript of the first call between himself and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that took place back in April.

According to the transcript, the two men discussed Ukrainian cuisine and the “great people” Trump met while in Ukraine for the Miss Universe pageant, despite the White House’s previous claims that, during the call, Trump had expressed his support for the nation’s efforts to address corruption and the their ongoing fight with Russia over territory.

The original purpose of the call, however, was to congratulate Zelensky on his election win, to which Trump remarked, “That was an incredible election. I think you will do a great job. I have many friends in Ukraine who know you and like you.”

Of course, the call wasn’t all pleasantries. At one point in the conversation, Zelensky made a point of emphasizing Ukraine’s independence, noting, “We’re going to do everything for the people,” after which he invited Trump to attend his inauguration.

While Trump declined the invitation, promising to send a representative in his stead, he went on to invite Zelensky to visit the White House after he settled in to his new position as President of Ukraine, ominously adding, “We’ll have a lot of things to talk about.”

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