Ukraine president says he thought only Trump's side of conversation would be released

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Wednesday that he though only President TrumpDonald TrumpNYT: Rep. Perry played role in alleged Trump plan to oust acting AG Arizona GOP censures top state Republicans McCain, Flake and Ducey Biden and UK prime minister discuss NATO, multilateralism during call MORE's side of a call between the two leaders would be published, Reuters reported.

“I personally think that sometimes such calls between presidents of independent countries should not be published,” Zelensky told Ukrainian media in a briefing in New York that was broadcast in Ukraine, according to Reuters.

“I just thought that they would publish their part,” he added.


The White House on Wednesday released a partial transcript of the July call between Trump and Zelensky that is at the center of an impeachment inquiry launched by House Democrats on Tuesday.

According to the memo of the call, Trump pressed Zelensky to work with his personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiLawyers group calls for Giuliani's suspension from law practice, ethics probe Would Trump have gotten away with a self-pardon? History will never know Trump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon MORE and Attorney General William BarrBill BarrBudowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Two-thirds say the election was fair: poll The Hill's Morning Report - An inauguration like no other MORE to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDC residents jumped at opportunity to pay for meals for National Guardsmen Joe Biden might bring 'unity' – to the Middle East Biden shouldn't let defeating cancer take a backseat to COVID MORE’s role in the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor.

Trump had said earlier that Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoBiden must wait weekend for State Department pick State Dept. to review Trump admin's decision to label Houthis a terrorist organization VOA reinstates White House reporter reassigned after questioning Pompeo MORE got permission from Ukraine to release the partial transcript.

"Secretary of State Pompeo received permission from Ukraine Government to release the transcript of the telephone call I had with their President," he tweeted Tuesday. "They don’t know either what the big deal is."