President Trump did not look to enjoy a quid pro quo in Ukraine and delayed funding in the country because the government was widely corrupt, Sen said. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., In a television interview on Sunday.
Johnson appeared on CNN's "State of the Union" to discuss a phone call with him in late August, with the commander claiming he had a reservation about delivering millions of dollars of taxpayers in such a corrupt country. Trump also said Europe should step up and increase its financial assistance to Ukraine.
"Let me justify your pontification of why I was called president," Johnson told host Jake Tapper. "I called the president … to get [Trump] to give me clearance to tell President [Volodymyr] Zelensky that help would be provided.
" So, when I asked him, he became real again. constant. He said, 'Ron, you know what a corrupt place [Ukraine] is. And besides, Ron, why didn't the plate go up in Europe? I spoke to [German Chancellor] Angela Merkel and said, & # 39; Why don't you provide funding for these things, & # 39; and [Merkel said] 'cause you do,' "he continued." That's the reason … why he had … a legitimate reservation about giving taxpayer dollars to tax Ukraine. "the two world leaders in the hope that Trump will see his Ukrainian counterpart as worthy of US aid and help him fight the tyranny that has plagued his country.
" One of those thing I'm trying to do … is get him to meet President Zelensky. We felt that he would be impressed by President Zelensky's commitment to fulfill his mandate not only to defeat, and not only fight corruption but … to defeat corruption, "he said.
"We are very confident that if President Trump meets President Zelensky he will kindly feel a soul there, and support will flow. "felt threatened by a whistleblower's complaint alleging a quid-pro-quo arraignment.
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" I found out about handling funding about the end of August, August 28th or 29th. The fund was released on September 11, largely because of the pressure placed on people like myself and Senator [Rob] Portman and Senator [Dick] Durbin and other people, "he said, referring to Ohio Republican and Illinois Democrat. "Many of us are trying to put that pressure on us."
"I remain sympathetic to President Trump's legitimate concerns about corruption," Johnson added. "When you're given a roadblock. – a million dollars diligently. The American taxpayer dollars in a system, you want to make sure it's not corrupt. He was so consistent in his conversations with me and others that that was his reason for withholding funding. "