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They've Read the Transcript: 5 Takes on Quid Pro Quo

Takeaways from Trump's call with Zelensky
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 25, 2019 1:59 PM CDT
President Donald Trump listens during a multilateral meeting on Venezuela at the InterContinental New York Barclay hotel during the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, in New York.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – The 5-page memo detailing President Trump's late July call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is out, and much of the ensuing discussion has swirled around the phrase "quid pro quo." Six takes:

  • At the Washington Examiner, Philip Klein calls the transcript "bad news" for Trump. The upshot of his argument is that while there's no explicit pro quid pro related to Trump's request that Ukraine investigate Joe Biden and the country receiving aid, there's definitely an implied one. To recap the call in the simplest terms, "The US provides a ton of help, Ukraine wants to purchase weapons, and Trump is asking for a favor in this context."
  • At Town Hall, Timothy Meads comes down on the other side, pointing out that the lack of that explicit quid pro quo is huge. He takes issue with the Washington Post and other media outlets' coverage of the transcript, pointing out examples of headlines and tweets that suggested it showed Trump pushed Zelensky to look into the Biden situation in exchange for military aid.

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