Trump urges allies to not 'be led into the fools trap' of saying Ukraine call 'was not perfect, but is not impeachable'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhere do we go from here? Conservation can show the way Gov. Ron DeSantis more popular in Florida than Trump Sotomayor accuses Supreme Court of bias in favor of Trump administration MORE on Sunday urged Republican lawmakers not to fall into the "fools trap" of saying his July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was "not perfect, but is not impeachable."

In a tweet he again referred to the conversation at the center of the House impeachment inquiry, in which he urged Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Democratic nominee won't be democratically chosen Fox's Ingraham mocks DNC over Nevada voting malfunctions: 'Are we a Third World country?' At Democratic debate, missed opportunities on immigration MORE, as "perfect."

"The call to the Ukrainian President was PERFECT. Read the Transcript! There was NOTHING said that was in any way wrong. Republicans, don’t be led into the fools trap of saying it was not perfect, but is not impeachable," Trump tweeted.

"No, it is much stronger than that. NOTHING WAS DONE WRONG!" he added.

Trump has frequently used the refrain "read the transcript!" to respond to critics of the conversation he had with Zelensky, while Democrats and some conservative critics have argued that it was improper for the president to press a foreign leader to open a criminal investigation into Biden, a front-runner for the 2020 Democratic nomination.


Republican defenders of the president have largely argued that the president's actions were not improper because, they assert, military aid to Ukraine was not held up over the request for an investigation into Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.

Some GOP lawmakers have, however, criticized the president for bringing up an investigation into Biden, such as House Armed Services ranking Republican member Rep. Mac ThornberryWilliam (Mac) McClellan ThornberryOvernight Defense: Dem senator met with Iranian foreign minister | Meeting draws criticism from right | Lawmakers push back at Pentagon funding for wall Lawmakers push back at Trump's Pentagon funding grab for wall US defense chief says Taliban deal 'looks very promising' but not without risk MORE (Texas), who called Trump's actions "inappropriate," but not impeachable.