Ukrainian president whose call with Trump sparked impeachment congratulates Biden

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, whose 2019 call with President TrumpDonald TrumpNew Capitol Police chief to take over Friday Overnight Health Care: Biden officials says no change to masking guidance right now | Missouri Supreme Court rules in favor of Medicaid expansion | Mississippi's attorney general asks Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade Michael Wolff and the art of monetizing gossip MORE sparked impeachment investigations, took to Twitter to congratulate President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenOvernight Defense: Senate panel adds B to Biden's defense budget | House passes bill to streamline visa process for Afghans who helped US | Pentagon confirms 7 Colombians arrested in Haiti leader's killing had US training On The Money: Senate braces for nasty debt ceiling fight | Democrats pushing for changes to bipartisan deal | Housing prices hit new high in June Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill to hold platforms accountable for misinformation during health crises | Website outages hit Olympics, Amazon and major banks MORE and his running-mate Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisRon Johnson: 'I may not be the best candidate' for 2022 midterms Poll: Potential Sununu-Hassan matchup in N.H. a dead heat  Biden's belated filibuster decision: A pretense of principle at work MORE (D-Calif.) after news outlets projected their win Saturday. 

“Congratulations to @JoeBiden @KamalaHarris!” Zelensky tweeted. “#Ukraine is optimistic about the future of the strategic partnership with the #UnitedStates.” 

He then added that Ukraine and the U.S. “have always collaborated on security, trade, investment, democracy, fight against corruption.” 


“Our friendship becomes only stronger!” Zelensky added. 

Zelensky joined other world leaders, including the U.K.’s Boris Johnson, Germany’s Angela Merkel and France’s Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel MacronFrench anti-vaccine protests compare themselves to Jews in Nazi Germany, sparking criticism Delta fears grip economy as cases jump across the country Data reveal big opportunity to finish the vaccine job MORE, in offering well wishes to Biden and Harris. 

Transcripts from a July 2019 call revealed that Trump asked Zelensky to find damaging information on Biden and his son, Hunter, months after the former vice president launched his presidential run. 


The call led House Democrats to draw up articles of impeachment against Trump, claiming that the president had used the power of his office to pressure the leader of a foreign government to dig up dirt on a political rival.  

Trump was eventually acquitted by the Senate on two counts, one of obstruction of Congress and another of abuse of power. 

One of the central witnesses in the investigations was Lt. Col. Alexander VindmanAlexander VindmanVindman says he doesn't regret testimony against Trump Esper: If my replacement is 'a real yes man' then 'God help us' Ukrainian president whose call with Trump sparked impeachment congratulates Biden MORE. Vindman was fired from the National Security Council after testifying that he was concerned about the phone call between Trump and Zelensky. 

Vindman was also among the people who joined in on the congratulatory praise for Biden and Harris Saturday, writingI am grateful for your willingness to continue to serve the American people. Now we can start to heal and rebuild.” 

Shortly after, Vindman asked in another tweet, “When is the right moment to unfollow @realDonaldTrump ?” 

“As a policy guy, I had to follow to see what catastrophe would come out of his Twitter. But know [now]?” Vindman added. 


Vindman’s twin brother, Yevgenytweeted an image of the two, along with their wives, toasting glasses of champagne in celebration of Biden’s win. 

Vindman’s wife, Rachel, also tweeted an image of her with her husband, writing “Exhausted. Elated. Relieved.” 

NBC, CNN, ABC and the Associated Press all called the race for Biden shortly before 11:30 a.m. Saturday after a days-long vote count that had the country waiting for results since Tuesday. 

Trump has refused to concede, claiming in a statement shared by his campaign Saturday that networks were helping the Democrat “falsely” pose as the winner and promising to fight the results in court. Trump’s campaign has launched lawsuits in multiple states in an effort to halt the counting of absentee ballots that it claims were illegally cast.

--Updated at 5:03 p.m.