Appearing Wednesday at The Atlantic’s annual ideas festival, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) described the newly-released transcript of a conversation between President Donald Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky as “troubling.”
Mitt Romney says the transcript of Trump’s call with Ukrainian president is “deeply troubling”: “If the president of the United States asks or presses the leader of a foreign country to carry out an investigation of a political nature that’s troubling” https://t.co/4qoCdvO3CN pic.twitter.com/bKNcOKcZXi
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A transcript is as follows:
MCKAY COPPINS: The White House just released the call summary between President Trump and the president of Ukraine. What was your reaction? You’ve read it, I assume.
SEN. MITT ROMNEY: I have. My reaction was the same as I had a view days ago, which is this remains deeply troubling and we’ll see where it leads. The first reaction is troubling.
COPPINS: In the summary that we saw, did that amount to a quid pro quo or the implication of a quid pro quo, in your view?
ROMNEY: I don’t know if I’d focus so much on the quid pro quo element as perhaps some do. I’ve said this in my first reaction, if the President of the United States asks or presses the leader of a foreign country to carry out an investigation of a political nature, that’s troubling. Clearly, if there were a quid pro quo that would take it to an entirely more extreme level.