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More trouble for Trump on Ukraine

More trouble for Trump on Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Thursday (Oct 10) he would be ready to open a probe into any Ukrainian interference in the 2016 US presidential election but denied that US President Donald Trump had tried to blackmail him. Ukrainian President is holding an all-day "media marathon" in a Kyiv food court amid growing questions about his actions as president.

The White House has published its summary of the call between Zelenskiy and Trump.

"The absence of any clear action by Eisenberg or others may have contributed to decisions by White House insiders to relay their concerns to a CIA employee who assembled the information they supplied into a whistleblower complaint that he submitted August 12 to the US intelligence community's inspector general", the Post explains.

Mr Zelensky told reporters his aim in having a phone call with Mr Trump was to arrange a subsequent meeting and that he had asked the White House to change its rhetoric on Ukraine. While he fielded questions in Ukrainian, Russian and English from journalists sitting with him around a table, others sat below eating.

The charges, linked to a 325,000 United States dollars donation to a political action committee supporting Trump's reelection, don't suggest wrong doing by the president, but probably will add fuel to the House impeachment inquiry. Joe Biden is a leading contender for the Democratic nomination in the 2020 presidential election. But he avoided saying when those investigations might happen, or how they'd be carried out.

Mr Zelensky told reporters that Mr Trump did not seek to blackmail him during a phone call in July or a meeting in September. Mr. Zelensky, who says he spoke in Ukrainian during the call, said the White House transcript inaccurately reflected his statement that the new prosecutor would be "a 100-per-cent honest man".

Ukraine's president just can't stop talking. None of the previous investigations apply to the period when Hunter Biden was serving on Burisma's board.

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Responding Thursday to questions from The Associated Press, Zelenskiy said that he only learned after their July 25 phone call that the US had blocked hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine.

"I think that I did not break the law, first of all, the law of Ukraine".

Zelenskiy said the USA has not provided any details of such interference.

"And after our meeting, America unblocked the aid".

"I don't want to interfere in any way in the [U.S.] elections", he said. After nine hours, the 41-year-old president was still going strong.

While responding to Trump's requests, Zelenskiy insisted he was not his puppet, and he appeared to be trying to put an end to questions that have dogged the new Ukrainian president since details of his July 25 call with Trump emerged.

The July call embarrassed Zelenskiy because it showed him as eager to please Trump and critical of European partners whose support he needs to strengthen Ukraine's economy and to end the conflict with Russian Federation.