President Donald Trump on Wednesday denied knowledge of a phone call that he allegedly had with U.S. ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland in July about investigations he sought from Ukraine. He also said the only thing he remembers is telling Sondland over the phone “no quid pro quo under any circumstances.”
“I know nothing about that. First time I’ve heard it,” Trump told reporters in the East Room during a press conference with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
“I’ve never heard this. In any event, it’s more secondhand information, but I’ve never heard it,” Trump continued.
“The only thing that I’ve seen that Sondland said was that – he did speak with me for a brief moment – and I said no quid pro quo under any circumstances,” Trump said.
William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, testified Wednesday that he was told by a staffer recently that Trump called Sondland on July 26 to inquire about investigations sought by his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani.
The phone call as described by Taylor came one day after Trump askedUkrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to pursue investigations into 2016 election interference and former Vice President Joe Biden and his son’s business dealings in Ukraine.
“Ambassador Sondland told President Trump that the Ukrainians were ready to move forward. Following the call with President Trump, the member of my staff asked Ambassador Sondland what President Trump thought about Ukraine. Ambassador Sondland responded that President Trump cares more about the investigations of Biden, which Giuliani was pressing for,” Taylor said during his opening remarks on Wednesday.
Taylor later added that he reported the matter to the State Department’s legal adviser as well as the House Intelligence Committee and that it was his “understanding” that the committee would follow up on it.
Watch Trump’s response below.
TRUMP on TAYLOR’s testimony today about alleged TRUMP-SONDLAND call on July 26:
“I know nothing about that, first time I’ve heard it. … In any event, it’s more secondhand information, but I’ve never heard it." pic.twitter.com/yMQ8oP8adV
— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) November 13, 2019