The chancellor appointed by Mr. Zelensky, Vadym Prystaiko, later blocked a planned visit to Washington by Ms. Zerkal in October, she said.
Ukraine's president said he did not speak with US President Trump in those terms. The committee went so far as to interview former Democratic National Committee operative Alexandra Chalupa - a central figure in theories that say Ukraine interfered in the election - before closing that aspect of their probe, according to the sources. During my meeting with him, I said that I don't want our country to have this image. "We are an independent country". "The server, they say Ukraine has it". "That's why I think nobody can have any trust".
In the same interview, the Ukrainian president also took aim at Trump's rhetoric about Ukrainian "corruption" - Zelensky believes Trump's claims undermined Ukraine in the eyes of worldwide observers and investors - before concluding, "I don't trust anyone at all".
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo specified he comprehends that Ukraine's leaders would certainly require assistance from the United States which the Trump management has actually sustained the Ukrainian people. But then he got into how Trump and other US officials had been publicly labeling Ukraine a "corrupt country" and the difficulties that this causes with global investors and businesses. "Everyone hears that signal".
Trump considers the Ukraine subject to be closed against the background of Zelensky's statements.
"This is a hard signal". Its sources are routinely identified only as "Ukraine activists" or just "activists", giving USA intelligence Ukraine experts and Ukraine officers cover.
"Are we going to be sending massive amounts of money to a country and they're corrupt and they steal the money and that goes into everybody's bank account?" "And we are working to clean that up. But that signal from them is very important".
"That should be case over", Trump said in reference to the House's impeachment inquiry into whether Trump conditioned US aid to Ukraine and a White House meeting on Zelensky's announcement of investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and the 2016 election. "He just came out a little while ago and said President Trump did nothing wrong and that should end everything, but it will never end it because they want to do what they want to do".