While the US president is scheduled to meet with new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Wednesday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, the US press questions the White House's communications with Kiev.
With our correspondent in Washington, Anne Corpet
According to the Washington Post , it was the exchanges between Donald Trump and Volodymyr Zelenskiy that prompted a report from a member of the US intelligence service, worried about a promise made by the president to a foreign leader.
The Wall Street Journal reports that during a phone call in July, the US president on eight occasions urged his Ukrainian counterpart to help him get information on Hunter Biden, the son of the favorite Democratic leader. of the presidential election. Hunter Biden worked for a gas company in Ukraine in 2014. Donald Trump suspects him of corruption and benefited from the protection of his then-vice-president.
"It's just a political conspiracy"
Asked about the phone call, the president denies any interference. " I have phone conversations with a lot of leaders and they're all appropriate," Donald Trump said. I'm just fighting for my country. It's just a political conspiracy. I do not know the identity of the whistleblower, I only mean to say that he is partisan. It's a partisan whistleblower. "
Did he specifically mention Joe Biden with the Ukrainian president? "What I talked about does not matter," he said, before adding, " Someone should look at Joe Biden ."
Biden requests the publication of the conversation
Donald Trump's lawyer admitted to asking Kiev to investigate Joe Biden's son. According to the Wall Street Journal , Rudolf Giuliani met with Ukrainian officials twice this summer. An aid of $ 250 million was released a few weeks later for Ukraine, by the US government.
" If these accusations are true, then the will of President Trump to abuse his power and humiliate our country has no limits, " responded Friday in a statement Joe Biden. The candidate for the Democratic primary demanded that the transcript of the phone call in question be made public.