Trump dismisses growing furor over 'highly partisan' whistleblower complaint

President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally MORE on Friday dismissed the growing furor surrounding a whistleblower complaint that he had an inappropriate conversation with a foreign leader, insisting that the interaction in question was a "perfectly fine and respectful conversation."

The president once again took to Twitter to defend his conduct as new details emerged about the complaint, which came from a member of the intelligence community.


"The Radical Left Democrats and their Fake News Media partners, headed up again by Little Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffGOP chairmen hit back at accusation they are spreading disinformation with Biden probe Schiff, Khanna call for free masks for all Americans in coronavirus aid package House Intelligence panel opens probe into DHS's involvement in response to protests MORE, and batting Zero for 21 against me, are at it again!" Trump tweeted, referring to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).

"They think I may have had a 'dicey' conversation with a certain foreign leader based on a 'highly partisan' whistleblowers statement," he added. "Strange that with so many other people hearing or knowing of the perfectly fine and respectful conversation, that they would not have also come forward. Do you know the reason why they did not? Because there was nothing said wrong, it was pitch perfect!"

The Washington Post and New York Times reported late Thursday that a conversation between Trump and the Ukrainians was the subject of the complaint.

A short time later, Trump lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiCoronavirus concerns emerge around debates Giuliani says Black Lives Matter is 'domestic terrorist' group Commission on Presidential Debates rejects Trump campaign call for earlier debate MORE went on CNN and acknowledged he'd asked Ukraine to look into potential corruption involving Democratic presidential candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says Trump executive order is 'a reckless war on Social Security' Trump got into testy exchange with top GOP donor Adelson: report Blumenthal calls for declassification of materials detailing Russian threat to US elections MORE.

Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke in July. A readout of the call from Ukraine published on July 25 said Trump was “convinced” that the recently elected government would be able to “quickly improve image of Ukraine” and “complete [the] investigation of corruption cases, which inhibited the interaction between Ukraine and the USA."

Further driving scrutiny about the complaint is the administration's decision to release military aid to Ukraine after a delay that had frustrated lawmakers in both parties.

The inspector general for the intelligence community, Michael Atkinson, declined to discuss the details of the whistleblower complaint with members of the House Intelligence Committee during a closed door meeting on Thursday.

Trump is set to welcome the Australian prime minister at the White House on Friday morning for a state visit. The president will likely be asked about the whistleblower complaint during a press conference later Friday morning.