Donald Trump met one-on-one with Ukrainian President Volodmyr Zelensky for the first time since their July 25 phone call on Wednesday, which has emerged as the basis for an impeachment inquiry targeting Trump.

The two leaders sat side-by-side on the sidelines of the United Nations just hours after the White House released a rough transcript of the July 25 phone call, which revealed that Trump had urged Zelensky to look into Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

“He’s made me for famous than I’ve made him,” Trump joked at the start of the meeting.

Trump credited Zelensky with “strongly looking into all sorts of corruption” and described the Ukrainian leader’s reputation as “sterling.”

Then Trump quickly started with his normal bashing of his opponents, including former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Regarding Obama, Trump blamed the former president for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the annexation of the Crimea.

Then of course Trump had to revive some conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton:

Trump then openly asked Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter, because rules don’t apply to Trump:

This meeting quickly became the most anticipated event of the United Nations General Assembly this week as information trickled out about a whistleblower complaint involving Trump’s interactions with Ukraine.

The call shows that Trump urged Zelensky to look into Biden’s role in the 2016 ouster of a Ukrainian prosecutor who had been accused of overlooking corruption.

Trump told Zelensky to get in touch with his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, and Attorney General Bill Barr on the matter.

But Trump has denied any improper behavior. He has highlighted the fact that the document released earlier Wednesday did not establish an explicit quid pro quo that made financial aid contingent on an investigation into the Bidens.

Democrats have argued that there was an implicit threat by Trump when he highlighted U.S. aid earlier in the call with Zelensky. Other lawmakers have asserted that an explicit arrangement is not necessary, and that Trump’s seeking a foreign power to investigate a domestic political rival is clear enough proof of wrongdoing.


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