Once again, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has denied again that President Trump withheld military aid in order to pressure him to investigate the Bidens or Ukrainian election interference. In an interview with TIME magazine, Zelensky made this absolutely clear. “Look, I never talked to the President from the position of a quid pro quo. That’s not my thing,” he said. “I don’t want us to look like beggars. But you have to understand. We’re at war. If you’re our strategic partner, then you can’t go blocking anything for us. I think that’s just about fairness. It’s not about a quid pro quo. It just goes without saying.”
Zelensky made similar comments to the German magazine Der Spiegel. “I did not speak with U.S. President Trump in those terms: You give me this, I give you that,” he said. (Quote based on Google translation from German to English.)
President Trump reacted to the story on Twitter: “If the Radical Left Democrats were sane, which they are not, it would be case over!”
Breaking News: The President of Ukraine has just again announced that President Trump has done nothing wrong with respect to Ukraine and our interactions or calls. If the Radical Left Democrats were sane, which they are not, it would be case over!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 2, 2019
Let’s consider the facts:
- Zelenksy says there was no quid pro quo.
- Ukraine’s foreign minister said there was no quid pro quo.
- Ambassador Sondland testified that Trump didn’t want a quid pro quo.
At the end of the day, the only people who say there was a quid pro quo are the Democrats, who have been trying to find a way to impeach Trump since even before he took office.
Isn’t it time to be done with this impeachment charade?
Matt Margolis is the author of Trumping Obama: How President Trump Saved Us From Barack Obama’s Legacy and the bestselling book The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama. You can follow Matt on Twitter @MattMargolis