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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 TrumpDonald Trump Jr. calls Bruce Springsteen's dropped charges 'liberal privilege' Schiff sees challenges for intel committee, community in Trump's shadow McConnell says he'd back Trump as 2024 GOP nominee MORE pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden 'disappointed' in Senate parliamentarian ruling but 'respects' decision Taylor Swift celebrates House passage of Equality Act Donald Trump Jr. calls Bruce Springsteen's dropped charges 'liberal privilege' 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 ClintonDemocratic strategists start women-run media consulting firm Pelosi top fundraiser moves to House Democratic super PAC Mean tweets may take down Biden nominee 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 GiulianiMyPillow CEO says boycotts have cost him M Dominion targets MyPillow's Mike Lindell with .3B defamation suit Trump legal troubles may not be over despite Senate acquittal 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.”