President Trump calls out Sen. Murphy while discussing Ukraine call

Politics

(WTNH)– President Donald Trump held a new conference Wednesday afternoon where he directly called out a Connecticut senator.

At his press conference, Trump addressed the impeachment proceedings against him announced Tuesday, specifically in relation to his controversial phone call with the President of Ukraine.

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Monday, Senator Chris Murphy said the president of Ukraine told him he felt pressured by President Trump to hand over dirt on Joe Biden and the Biden family. Murphy said that what the president asked of the Ukrainian President, “was a fundamentally-corrupt act and Republicans and Democrats need to acknowledge that.”

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Trump had this to say Wednesday during a news conference about Murphy’s claim:

“Chris Murphy – who I’ve been dealing with on guns – you know, so nice, he’s always, ‘oh we want to work it out, we want to work it out.’ But they’re too busy wasting time on the witch hunt. Senator Chris Murphy literally threatened the president of Ukraine that if he doesn’t do things right that they won’t have democrat support in congress.”

– President Doland Trump

Murphy then released the following statement on Wednesday in response to President Trump’s accusation that Murphy threatened the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky:

“I stand by my belief that the President of the United States should never be allowed to use the Oval Office for personal gain, especially when it includes leveraging away the international credibility of the United States.

In the meeting, Republican Senator Ron Johnson and I had with President Zelensky three weeks ago, I made it clear to him that Ukraine should not become involved in the 2020 election and that his government should communicate with the State Department, not the president’s campaign.

I still believe this to be true. 

I also spoke last night to a top official at the White House who asked me to stay at the table on background checks negotiations. I agreed, and I remain willing to work with the White House on getting a deal done to save American lives.”

– Senator Chris Murphy (CT-D)

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