“It was clear that Trump will only have communications if they will discuss the Biden case. This issue was raised many times. I know that Ukrainian officials understood.”
— An adviser to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky told ABC News that President Trump’s desire for the two leaders to discuss a possible investigation into Joe Biden was a precondition for their July 25th phone call.
“There was no pressure put on them whatsoever. I put no pressure on them whatsoever. I could have. I think it might probably, possibly have been okay if I did, but I didn’t.”
— President Trump, quoted by ABC News, on his phone call with Ukraine’s president about investigating Joe Biden and his son.
Michael Cohen “received a secret payment of at least $400,000 to fix talks between the Ukrainian president and President Trump,” sources in Kiev close tell the BBC. “The payment was arranged by intermediaries acting for Ukraine’s leader, Petro Poroshenko, the sources said, though Cohen was not registered as a representative of Ukraine as required by US law.”
We pose no threat to anyone and do not intend to get involved in any geopolitical games or intrigues, let alone conflicts, no matter who tries to draw us into them or how they do so.
— Russian President Vladimir Putin, quoted by Reuters.
I’d fire the lot of ’em if I were their boss,
But maybe the Russian border is more confusing than most.
Why else would Putin explain
The incursion in Ukraine,
By saying, “A thousand Russian troops and tanks kind of … got lost.”
Vladimir Putin’s drive to recreate the USSR ain’t over yet.
To those who say get out of Ukraine, he says “Nyet!”
But if you think that’s bad,
Keep an eye on sly Vlad —
Word is, he also wants to break up the Internet.
Of Americans can find Ukraine on a map and this lack of knowledge is related to preferences, a new Survey Sampling International poll found: “The farther their guesses were from Ukraine’s actual location, the more they wanted the U.S. to intervene with military force.”
Russia is a gas station masquerading as a country.
— Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), quoted by Yahoo News.
Looks like Moscow’s up to its old tricks again,
Trying to split the U.S. and Europe over Ukraine.
Somehow they recorded it,
And Nuland really said it.
We heard her say, “F**k the E.U.” clear and plain.