The transcript of the telephone call between President Trump and newly elected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has been released as promised.
Here it is:
To summarize, the call was as President Trump portrayed it: above board, friendly, and without quid-pro-quo, standing in stark contrast to Joe Biden's "no $1 billion unless" dealings with the former Ukrainian president.
Zelensky grovels a bit, mentioning that his campaign modeled itself off of Trump's, and his recent stay at Trump Tower. When it comes to a potential visit to Ukraine, Zelensky sounds a bit like Carl from "Caddyshack" asking to swim in Ty Webb's pool versus the pond: "We can either take my plane and go to Ukraine or we can take your plane, which is probably much better than mine."
You can be certain of two things: Democratic leaders will try to paint this call as a high crime, and sane people will see it for what it was, a first conversation between two leaders of sovereign nations.
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