President Donald Trump released the official transcript with his first call with Ukraine President Zelensky shortly after he won the election.
In the transcript, it is made very clear that, unlike prior claims, President Trump never tied a White House visit to the investigation of Joe Biden or Hunter Biden
President Donald Trump said, “Well, I agree with you about your country, and I look forward to (visiting) it. When I owned Miss Universe, they always had great people. Ukraine was always very well represented. When you’re settled in and ready, I’d like to invite you to the White House. We’ll have a lot of things to talk about, but we’re with you all the way.”
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky responded, “Well, thank you for the invitation. We accept the invitation and look forward to the visit. Thank you again. The whole team and I are looking forward to that visit. Thank you, again, for the congratulations. And I think that it will still be great if you would come and be with us on this very important day of our inaguration. The results are incredible. They’re very impressive for us. So it will be absolutely fantastic if you could come and be with us on that day.”
President Trump also makes it very clear in the call transcript that there was no quid-pro-quo established for his visit to Ukraine. He says that he may not be able to attend, but that he would at least send a “high-level” representative.
Ambassador Gordon Sondland and Secretary of Energy Rick Perry both lead a high-level delegation to attend Zelensky’s inauguration.
Since then, Presidents Trump and Zelensky met in person at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. They are currently arranging the follow-up White House meeting as well.