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There’s a certain poetic justice in a phone call with the president of Ukraine essentially blowing up in President Joe Biden’s face, given that Democrats under the leadership of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., voted to impeach former President Donald Trump over a call he had with Ukraine.
CNN’s Jake Tapper had reported that according to sources the phone call “did not go well,” with Biden telling Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to “brace for the Russian invasion,” insisting that it was imminent. What’s more, the network noted that the White House transcript of that call included “no mention of President Biden’s warnings or the two president’s disagreements.”
“We have breaking news for you in our world lead, a senior Ukrainian official tells CNN that today’s phone call between President Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky ‘did not go well.’ Our source tells CNN that the two disagreed about the immediacy of a threat between a Russian attack on Ukraine,” Tapper told viewers.
Fox News reporter Kevin Corke told host Jesse Watters that the administration was pushing back on that report, claiming that anonymous sources are leaking falsehoods.
“President Biden said there is a distinct possibility that the Russians could invade Ukraine in February,” Corke said, recounting a statement from National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne. “He has said this publicly and he’s been warning about this for months. Reports of anything more or different than that are completely false.”
“So, let me get this straight. The president calls our ally. Basically says you guys are toast. Putin is coming in. He is going to sack the capital. And we are not going to give you that much support. We’re not sending troops. We are not really sending any more weapons,” Watters summarized. “And now CNN reported that that’s what went down on the phone call and now the White House has come out and said the Ukrainians are leaking? This doesn’t sound like a perfect phone call.”
“It does not, does it?” Corke replied. “It’s one of those ‘I didn’t say what you think I said but if I said what you think I said, I don’t want you to say it.’ That’s the way it seems to be working out.”
The drama prompted the obvious call from Republicans:
#ReleaseTheTranscripts what are you hiding?
— House Republicans (@HouseGOP) January 28, 2022
And if that wasn’t embarrassing enough, Zelensky appeared to counter Biden’s alleged assertion that the White House is now denying while speaking with reporters: “I am the President of Ukraine. I am based here. I think I know the details better.”
BREAKING: President Zelensky slams Biden after Botched Call
“I am the President of Ukraine. I am based here. I think I know the details better.” pic.twitter.com/Nw3jrRtV4K
— Release The Poso (@JackPosobiec) January 28, 2022
There was even more palace intrigue when a tweet from the official Twitter account for “The Lead” highlighting CNN’s report was apparently disappeared only to then reappear after One America News Network correspondent Jack Posobiec called attention to the tweet being deleted.
BREAKING: We have recovered the Ukraine call report that @JakeTapper and CNN just deleted
Please DO NOT RT this as they do not want anyone to see it! pic.twitter.com/vV67Jc1p7i
— Release The Poso (@JackPosobiec) January 28, 2022
There was also a claim that CNN reporter Natasha Bertrand deleted a tweet reporting that a Ukrainian official said Biden claimed a Russian invasion was imminent and that Zelensky asked the U.S. president to tone down his rhetoric:
She deleted this…But, we saved it pic.twitter.com/irbVMRIH7L
— USA_1970 (@1970_usa) January 28, 2022
Meanwhile, at the White House, whoever is managing Biden’s Twitter account shared a tweet saying the president reaffirmed U.S. support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity — this coming from an administration that not only will not protect our southern border, but is using federal resources to effectively betray the American people by secretly shipping illegal immigrants throughout the country in the dead of night:
I spoke with Ukrainian President Zelenskyy to discuss our coordinated diplomatic efforts and reaffirm our support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. We will respond decisively — along with our Allies and partners — if Russia further invades Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/hRaUIxyxCd
— President Biden (@POTUS) January 28, 2022
Here’s a sampling of the responses to the lasted crisis from the disastrous Biden administration, as seen on Twitter:
Another picture from the fake Oval Office because Obama won’t let him use the real one. https://t.co/pUP8nM4Amd
— Hazy shade of Ordy (@ThatAmish1) January 28, 2022
— Yossi Gestetner (@YossiGestetner) January 28, 2022
— sarainitaly 🇺🇸🇮🇹 (@sarainitaly) January 28, 2022
— Christina Pushaw 🐊 (@ChristinaPushaw) January 28, 2022
Amazing how often this happens to CNN. Remember Sciutto reporting Kim Jong Un was on his deathbed and that the FBI had confirmed parts of the Steele dossier. https://t.co/T4FSyluh1Y
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) January 28, 2022
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