Trump Calls for Televised 'Fireside Chat' So He Can Read Ukraine Call Transcript
The president wants to address the American public with an FDR style fireside chat
President Donald Trump has called for a televised "fireside chat" so he can address the American public and read the transcript from the now-infamous call with Ukraine's leader.
President Trump said Thursday he wants to read the transcript of his July 25 telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to the American people to finally set the record straight regarding the contents of the call.
Trump says he wants to read the document in the style of the famous fireside chats delivered by President Franklin Roosevelt during the 1930s and 1940s - a tradition that was continued by President Jimmy Carter in the 1970s.
“This is over a phone call that is a good call,” Trump said during an interview with the Washington Examiner.
"At some point, I’m going to sit down, perhaps as a fireside chat on live television, and I will read the transcript of the call, because people have to hear it.
"When you read it, it’s a straight call.”
According to Fox News, Roosevelt delivered a series of informal radio addresses, dubbed fireside chats, meant to garner support for his New Deal policies and update Americans on the course of World War II, among other issues.
The president has repeatedly denied Democratic claims that he withheld crucial military aid to Kiev in order to press Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.
Several witnesses have raised concerns over the call.
Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who serves as a director on the National Security Council (NSC), testified privately before Congress this week that he was alarmed by Trump's request to Zelensky.
“Everybody knows I did nothing wrong,” Trump told the Examiner.
“Bill Clinton did things wrong; Richard Nixon did things wrong.
"I won’t go back to [Andrew] Johnson because that was a little before my time. But they did things wrong. I did nothing wrong."
During the interview, Trump said he was being responsible by reviewing aid to Ukraine, a country with a history of endemic corruption.
“We are giving them money, we are giving them weapons,” he said.
“We have an obligation to look at corruption.”
A public reading of the transcript by President Trump would allow him the opportunity to set the record straight after Democratic House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) read a fabricated version of the call before the American people.
During a televised address before Congress in September, Rep. Schiff read out false quotes from the president's phone call with the Ukrainian leader.
Anti-Trump California Democrat Schiff read out a falsified portion of a transcript that appeared as though Trump was bullying the Ukraine leader in a Mafia-style shakedown.
Instead of using the actual words from the transcript, Schiff made up fake quotes claiming they were "the essence" of what Trump "communicates" but without clarifying to the public that the words were not those of the president.
Despite the congressmen largely fabricating the president’s words, he read them out as though they were from the actual transcript.
Schiff has since been widely accused of treason for his actions.