2019-09-23 17:04:39 UTC
President Trumps call with the Ukrainian president
White House officials are considering releasing a transcript of President
Trumps call with the Ukrainian president, multiple sources tell CNN.
However, some senior administration officials, like Secretary of State Mike
Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, are against the idea because of
the precedent releasing it could set with future foreign leaders and because
putting it out could give Congress ammunition to demand transcripts of Trumps
calls with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
White House officials were soliciting opinions from outside advisers over the
weekend about whether they should release the transcript of Trumps call with
the Ukrainian president, as well as how advisers think the White House should
message it if the transcript was embarrassing.
A person familiar with the discussions said the White House Counsels Office is
currently involved in evaluating whether the transcript should be released and
in what form. The person saying the release could happen soon.
President Trump said he had a "perfect" phone call with the president of Ukraine
and added that he's not taking impeachment threats from the Democrats seriously.
A reporter at the United Nations General Assembly just asked Trump how seriously
he's taking the impeachment talk.
"Not at all seriously. We had a perfect phone call with the president of
Ukraine. Everybody knows it's just a Democrat witch hunt. Here we go again,"