President Trump brought his own talking points, written out by hand in black Sharpie, that said “I want no quid pro quo” and misspelled Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as “Zellinsky.”
Several photographs of the notes showed Trump holding a notepad the following written in black bold marker: “I want nothing I want nothing I want no quid pro quo. Tell Zellinsky to do the right thing. This is the final word from the Pres of the U.S.” It is written on “Aboard Air Force One” notepad letterhead.
— Getty Images News (@GettyImagesNews) November 20, 2019
Trump's notes (in Sharpie) start off with:
"I want nothing.
I want nothing." pic.twitter.com/JWrTG9gahH
— Julia Davis (@JuliaDavisNews) November 20, 2019
Trump read from the packet of notes while addressing reporters before stepping onto Air Force One to travel to Austin, Texas.
The president reenacted a conversation he had with U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, who testified in his House impeachment hearings on Wednesday, and said it signaled that the inquiry should be “all over.”
“What do you want from Ukraine, he asks me, screaming, What do you want from Ukraine? I keep hearing all of these ideas and theories. This is ambassador Sondland speaking to me,” Trump said. “And now here is my response that he just gave. Ready? You have the cameras rolling? I want nothing. That’s what I want from Ukraine. That’s what I said, I want nothing. I said it twice.”
Trump then attempted to distance himself from Soundland, telling reporters he did not know him well and suggested that the “fake news” media has not covered his remarks about Ukraine properly.
“I want nothing. I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo. Tell Zelensky, President Zelensky, to do the right thing,” Trump said, again referencing his talk with Sondland. “So here’s my answer, I want nothing, I want nothing, I want no quid pro quo … Then he says, this is the final word from the president of the United States. I want nothing.”
Suddenly Trump needs notes to say these simple words? After he was rushed to hospital on Saturday? Did he have emergency neurological symptoms? https://t.co/ziMSLZQ3QA
— Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence) November 20, 2019