President Donald Trump was departing the white house on Wednesday to visit Apple plant in Austin, Texas and spoke with reporters about the ongoing impeachment inquiry hearings being held in House Intelligence Committee. Before getting on Marine One, Trump quoted to the press the words of European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland, “This is the final word from the president of the United States: I want nothing. That means it’s all over.”
Trump read from the hand written notes based on Sondland’s testimony in the morning saying that the President wanted nothing from Ukraine.
Trump did not take questions at the presser and recounted pieces of Sondland’s testimony in dramatic fashion.
“That means it’s all over,” read Trump.
“This is the final word from the president of the United States. I want nothing,” read Trump from Sondland’s testimony.
“I don’t know him very well. I have not spoken to him much. This is not a man I know well. He seems like a nice guy though,” said Sondland.
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Director of Communications for President Trump, Tim Murtaugh, quoting the ambassador again.
Doesn’t get much clearer than this.
Ambassador Sondland says, of President Trump:
“I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo.”
— Tim Murtaugh (@TimMurtaugh) November 20, 2019
Ambassador Sondland says, of President Trump: “I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo.”
This was in response to questioning by House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff.
Trump’s comments occurred at the same time that Sondland gave his testimony Wednesday. Sondland said that there was a quid pro quo that “everyone” was in on, but couldn’t tie it to the President. He also said that he did not know that discussions around Burisma were tied to the Biden’s till after reading about it in the press.