Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Wednesday that he though only President TrumpDonald TrumpHillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Twitter's algorithm boosts right-leaning content, internal study finds Ohio Democrat calls Vance an 'ass----' over Baldwin tweet Matt Taibbi says Trump's rhetoric caused public perception of US intelligence services to shift 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“I personally think that sometimes such calls between presidents of independent countries should not be published,” Zelensky told Ukrainian media in a briefing in New York that was broadcast in Ukraine, according to Reuters.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 GiulianiLev Parnas found guilty of breaking campaign finance laws Giuliani associate Lev Parnas won't testify at trial Four Seasons Total Landscaping comes full circle with MSNBC special MORE and Attorney General William BarrBill BarrMeadows hires former deputy AG to represent him in Jan. 6 probe: report Why it's time for conservatives to accept the 2020 election results and move on Bannon's subpoena snub sets up big decision for Biden DOJ MORE to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHow 'Buy American', other pro-US policies can help advocates pass ambitious climate policies Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Biden backtracks on Taiwan Photos of the Week: Manchin protestor, Paris Hilton and a mirror room MORE’s role in the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor.
Trump had said earlier that Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoThe CIA's next mission: Strategic competition with China and Russia Biden, Trump tied in potential 2024 match-up: poll Why is Trump undermining his administration's historic China policies? 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."