tv Vice Pres. Pence Answers Questions on Ukraine CSPAN October 10, 2019 5:58am-6:10am EDT
>> after the usmca event in iowa, vice president pence took questions on ukraine, the bidens, and the president's communications with ukraine's president. >> president zelensky said there was no pressure. his words were no one pushed. a clear reading of the transcript shows there was no quid pro quo in the president's call. the american people should read the transcript. and they do well to do that. the chairman of the intelligence committee manufactured a version of the transcript and read it into the record. we also see the chairman of the committee misrepresented his context with the whistleblower and repeated interviews. the american people need to look no further than the plain reading of the transcript.
there was no pressure, no quid pro quo, our focus was entirely on the president's desire to see europe contribute more to ukraine security and sovereignty and to see president zelensky make good on his own election commitment to pass significant corruption reforms in ukraine. we have been pleased with the progress he has made on that front. we are pleased the aid that we provided is continuing to provide security assistance to ukraine after its borders were overrun by russia. >> will you release the transcripts of the american -- so the american people can review them? >> i have no objection to that. we're discussing that with white house counsel as we speak. when people see the transcripts of my calls and when they hear the reporting of our conversation, president trump's focus with ukraine from the very beginning was on enlisting more european support and supporting
president zelensky's efforts to advance reforms that would end an era of corruption in ukraine. the united states -- different from the administration -- the last administration, we provided military assistance to ukraine. under the obama administration, all they would provide was blankets. president obama had seen russia overrun crimea and initiate and support warfare in eastern ukraine. we stood strong. we stood strong with ukraine. we are standing strong with president zelensky. as the american people would expect, president trump wanted to make sure that ukraine was advancing the reform agenda, reforming and ending corruption. that our allies in europe were doing more. >> [indiscernible]
-- the bidens was at least a part of the reason the aid was held up? >> i have never discussed the issue of the bidens with president zelensky. what i can tell you is that all of our discussions internally, when the president and my office with ukraine were focused on the broader issues of european support. >> you are interested in seeing the bidens investigated? [inaudible] >> that is your question. let me be very clear. the issue of aid and our efforts with regard to ukraine were from my experience in no way connected to the very legitimate concern the american people have about corruption that took place, about things that
happened in the 2016 election or about the issue that former vice president biden had his son on the board of a major energy company in ukraine at a time when the vice president was running the u.s. efforts in ukraine. the american people have a right to know what was going on. all of my discussions with the leadership in ukraine was entirely focused on president trump's priority of supporting efforts to end corruption. >> [indiscernible] >> [inaudible] >> go ahead, right back there. >> [indiscernible]
-- do you still stand by that today? >> i do. i think that is why president trump is so concerned about foreign interference in our election in ukraine. if you read the transcript, you will see the president said to president zelensky that our country had been through a lot and he had a question about foreign interference in our 2016 election. to be honest with you, when did you all lose interest in foreign interference in the 2016 election? president trump wants to get to the truth. he wants to know what happened in 2016 and the american people have a right to know whether the former vice president, who is representing and leading the united states interest in ukraine, was in any way affected by the fact that his son was being paid $50,000 a month to be on the board of a major ukrainian energy company. >> [indiscernible] >> i do not believe that is the
case. i know that is the way the chairman characterized it. in his manufactured version of the transcript but the american people should read the transcript. they will see that the president did nothing wrong. there was no pressure, no quid pro quo. the president raised issues of importance and interest to the american people and as we go forward, that will become more evident. >> c spends campaign 2000 2020 c-span'scontinues -- campaign coverage continues. watch anytime on www.c-span.org and listen wherever you are using the free c-span radio app. >> c-span's washington journal,
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