President Donald Trump declared that the Democratic Party’s partisan impeachment inquisition is “all over,” following the testimony Wednesday from U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland.
Speaking to reporters outside the White House as he was departing to Austin, Texas, Trump read from hand-written notes on Sondland’s testimony.
“I just noticed one thing, and I would say that means it’s all over,” the president said.
Trump said Sondland asked him, “What do you want from Ukraine? I keep hearing all these different ideas and theories. What do you want? What do you want?”
“It was a very short and abrupt conversation that he had with me,” Sondland added. “They said he was not in a good mood.”
He then quoted himself telling Sondland when asked what he wanted from Ukraine: “I want nothing. I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo. Tell Zelensky to do the right thing.”
Trump said he did not have a close relationship with Ambassador Sondland, noting that the diplomat supported “other candidates” for president.
“This is not a man I know well,” the president explained. “He seems like a nice guy, though.”
He also chided the media in saying, “If you weren’t fake news, you’d cover it properly.”
He then repeated what he characterized as “the final word from the president of the United States, “I want nothing. I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo. Tell Zelensky to do the right thing.”
Sondland testified before the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, saying he believes there was quid pro quo in President Trump’s call with the Ukraine president — the White House immediately pushed back on the claim.
Sondland claimed he was pressured to work with Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, on matters with Ukraine despite his objections, and that Giuliani engaged in quid pro quo with Ukraine on behalf of the president.
Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., took to social media to say that Sondland “reached this conclusion on his own,” pointing to a quote from the ambassador saying he’d “never heard from President Trump that the aid was conditioned on the investigations.”
Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:
white house reporter: “we can’t understand you, mr. president, there is a gigantic vacuum cleaner being used in the background. can you speak louder, please?”
mr. president: “no collusion! no quid pro quo! it’s all a hoax!”
— Adrian (@arg7822) November 20, 2019
Democrats and the media are going after Trump for what they have already decided his intentions were, regardless of what he actually said. These hearings are to get most Americans to agree with them.
— Kal Vernon (@KalV194) November 20, 2019
— Dan (@dan72800806) November 20, 2019
It’s Sometimes A Cosmic Mystery!!
How can someone Always WIN so many times? pic.twitter.com/8dLxJcQVjI
— David Nielsen (@DWN2020) November 20, 2019
Why did Barisma pay Hunter Biden $3,000,000? May 2014 through May 2019 was the period Hunter Biden was compensated by Barisma. 5 (years) x 12 (months) = 60 (monthly payments) @ $50,000 per month = $3,000,000. @DonaldJTrumpJr @brithume
— Christopher Thompson (@CAThompsonEsq) November 20, 2019
It’s over? It was never anything to begin with.
— John Andrew Lyman (@glutenfreekorea) November 20, 2019
There’s so much disinformation out there based on second & third hand gossip + assumptions from unelected bureaucrats so it’s important to highlight @realDonaldTrump’s words.
President Trump said “I want nothing, I want no quid pro quo, just tell Zelensky to do the right thing.”
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) November 20, 2019
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