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President Donald Trump on Wednesday defended his July phone call with Ukraine’s president, saying there was “no pressure” on him as a summary showed Trump urging his counterpart to open a probe related to Joe Biden.
Trump said during a photo-op at the United Nations with President Volodymyr Zelensky that he put “no pressure” on the Ukrainian leader to investigate Biden. Trump had earlier described their July conversation as containing nothing of significance.
“It turned out to be a nothing call other than a lot of people said, ‘I never knew you could be so nice,’ ” Trump said.
Trump’s comments came after a document released by the White House showed that the president asked Zelensky to “look into” Biden and his son and said he would direct his personal lawyer and the attorney general to reach out to Zelensky to help him in a possible investigation in Ukraine of the Bidens.
The release of the call summary came a day after Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House would move ahead with an impeachment inquiry.
At the UN, Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced some details of an emerging bilateral trade deal.
Trump said the first stage would open Japanese markets to about $7 billion in U.S. farm goods. Negotiators for both sides will continue talks on a broader agreement, Trump said.