Since being elected into office in 2019, Volodymyr Zelensky has had to walk quite a tight rope. The Ukrainian President became a part of United States politics when a phone call between him Donald Trump became the focus of an impeachment investigation.
Zelensky will need to be careful what he says about the matter as his country still relies on funding from the US to protect themselves from Russian incursion. The Ukrainian President did, however, recently say that he had asked Donald Trump to stop referring to the Ukraine as corrupt.
Trump has frequently claimed that the Ukraine is corrupt. In November, he tweeted, “John Bolton is a patriot and may know that I held back the money from Ukraine because it is considered a corrupt country, & I wanted to know why nearby European countries weren’t putting up money also.”
…lawyer has already stated that I did nothing wrong. John Bolton is a patriot and may know that I held back the money from Ukraine because it is considered a corrupt country, & I wanted to know why nearby European countries weren’t putting up money also. Likewise, I would….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 26, 2019
Zelensky says he has requested that the President put a stop to these kinds of claims. He told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, “Now, I’m very popular in USA. But if this way will help Ukraine, I’m ready for next call with Mr. Trump.”
The Ukranian President continued, “When I had meeting with President Trump, and he said that in previous years it was so corrupt, this country, Ukraine. I told him very honestly, I was very open with him, I told him we fight with corruption. We fight each day. But please, stop to say that Ukraine is corrupt as a country. Because, from now it’s not true. We want to change this image.”