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 TrumpGiuliani says he is unaware of reported federal investigation Louisiana's Democratic governor forced into runoff Lawmakers focus their ire on NBA, not China MORE pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGiuliani says he is unaware of reported federal investigation Trump says Giuliani is still his lawyer Sondland to tell Congress 'no quid pro quo' from Trump: report 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 ClintonRonan Farrow exposes how the media protect the powerful Kamala Harris to Trump Jr.: 'You wouldn't know a joke if one raised you' Comey says he has a 'fantasy' about deleting his Twitter account after end of Trump term 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 GiulianiGiuliani says he is unaware of reported federal investigation Trump says Giuliani is still his lawyer Sondland to tell Congress 'no quid pro quo' from Trump: report 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.”