Trump vows to recite Ukraine call in new fireside chat — even though it’s Exhibit A for impeachment


FDR must be squirming in his grave.  Trump is vowing to bring back his revered predecessor’s trademark fireside chat, but with a twist He wants to recite his “perfect” call to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky. Advertisement  “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,” Trump told the Washington Examiner, a right-wing media outlet “People have to hear it. When you read it, it’s a straight call.”  One big problem? The call illustrates exactly why Trump is hurtling toward impeachment The transcript reveals Trump demanding that Zelensky do him “a favor” by investigating Joe Biden, his son, and Democratic rivals  He applied the hard sell to Zelensky as he suspended $400 million in desperately needed defense aid to the embattled nation, raising the stakes for his counterpart to agree to announce the bogus probes  For some reason, Trump believes the transcript of the call supports his claim that there was no improper quid pro quo  He personally ordered the “rough transcript” released even though he probably could have kept it under wraps for months if not forever since loyal aides had moved it to a super top-secret White House server after others complained about what they considered to be a shakedown try  Many of Trump’s defenders believe he would be better off not talking so much about the transcript, especially after Lt Col. Alexander Vindman testified that it was cleaned up to excise some references to the Bidens Critics are pouncing too. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Queens) issued a two-word riposte on Twitter to Trump’s “READ THE TRANSCRIPT!” mantra “We did,” she wrote.  But Trump is barreling ahead. He reportedly wants to put the slogan on a campaign T-shirt And he wants Americans to bring him into their living rooms for a dramatic cozy reading  The original fireside chats were a series of evening radio addresses delivered by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt They are credited with giving Americans confidence that the country could recover from the great Depression

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