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 John TrumpCensus Bureau spends millions on ad campaign to mitigate fears on excluded citizenship question Bloomberg campaign: Primary is two-way race with Sanders Democratic senator meets with Iranian foreign minister MORE pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBloomberg campaign: Primary is two-way race with Sanders HuffPost reporter: Sanders could win plurality of delegates but lose nomination Meghan McCain to Joy Behar: 'You guys have done a piss-poor job of convincing me that I should vote for a Democrat' 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. 


He also blamed "misinformation" and "evil intentions" for "speculations" that Ukraine would have preferred Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOmar endorses progressive Georgia Democrat running for House seat Bernie Sanders's Super Tuesday problem Democrats worried about Trump's growing strength 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 GiulianiWe should listen to John Bolton The Hill's Morning Report - Sanders on the rise as Nevada debate looms Democrats worried about Trump's growing strength 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.”