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White House releases rough transcript of Trump's first Ukraine call with Zelensky

Posted November 15, 2019 9:12 a.m. EST

— The White House has released a transcript of President Donald Trump's first phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart.

The call, which occurred on April 21, came just after Volodymyr Zelensky was elected president.

It doesn't contain any mentions of the Bidens or the 2016 election, as a later July call did.

"I have many friends in Ukraine who know you and like you," Trump tells Zelensky.

Trump does tell Zelensky he looked forward to working with him in the future.

"We'll have a lot of things to talk about, but we're with you all the way," Trump said.

And he mentions his onetime ownership of the Miss Universe franchise.

"Ukraine was always very well represented," he said.

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