Ukrainian official denies Trump pressured president

Ukrainian official denies Trump pressured president
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Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko has denied reports that President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump goes after Cassidy after saying he wouldn't support him for president in 2024 Jan. 6 panel lays out criminal contempt case against Bannon Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Agencies sound alarm over ransomware targeting agriculture groups MORE pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenJan. 6 panel lays out criminal contempt case against Bannon Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by the American Petroleum Institute — Democrats address reports that clean energy program will be axed Two House Democrats to retire ahead of challenging midterms MORE's son. 

"I know what the conversation was about and I think there was no pressure,"  Prystaiko was quoted as saying in news outlet Hromadske.

"There was talk, conversations are different, leaders have the right to discuss any problems that exist. This conversation was long, friendly, and it touched on a lot of questions, including those requiring serious answers,” he added. 

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He also blamed "misinformation" and "evil intentions" for "speculations" that Ukraine would have preferred Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Nation mourns Colin Powell The Memo: Powell ended up on losing side of GOP fight Powell death leads to bipartisan outpouring of grief MORE to be president. 

The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that Trump repeatedly urged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Biden during a July phone call. Trump reportedly told Zelensky to work with his s personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiTrump sues Jan. 6 panel to block records Lawmakers pay tribute to Colin Powell Book Trump signed for Giuliani fetches K at auction: 'I promise never to run against you' MORE on the matter about eight times. 

Trump's communication with Ukraine came under scrutiny after an intelligence whistleblower filed a complaint regarding the situation. 

The U.S. president on Friday told reporters that his contact with foreign leaders is "always appropriate."

“I have conversations with many leaders. It’s always appropriate. Always appropriate,” he said. “At the highest level always appropriate. And anything I do, I fight for this country.”