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Read the rough transcript of first Trump-Zelensky call in April

Read the summary transcript of President Trump’s April call with Ukrainian President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky, which the White House released during Marie Yovanovich’s hearing in the impeachment inquiry.

President Donald Trump in 2018.
In this Jan. 10, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump listens during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington.
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President Donald Trump released the summary transcript of an April congratulatory call with Ukrainian President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday.

It is the latest salvo in the White House struggle to blunt Democrats’ contention that Trump abused the power of the presidency.

The focus of the Democratic-led House impeachment inquiry has been on another call between Trump and Zelensky that was made on July 25.

In that call, Trump asked Ukraine’s president to do him “a favor” and look into the actions of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son.

The memo recaps the short April call in which Trump congratulates Zelensky on his election. There is no mention of Biden or corruption, but Trump does note that he once hosted the Miss Universe contest in Ukraine.

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