Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky talked to CNN on Saturday at the Munich Security Conference, and rejected Trump’s claim that his country is corrupt. He is ready for his next phone call with Trump and looks forward to visiting the White House.
In his first one-on-one interview since the end of the impeachment trial, Zelensky pushed back on Trump’s claims that Ukraine is the third most corrupt country in the world.
“That’s not true. When I had a meeting with President Trump and he said that in previous years (Ukraine) was such a corrupt country, I told him very honestly and I was very open with him. I told him that we fight with corruption. We fight each day,” Zelensky told Amanpour during the town hall interview.
“Please, please stop saying that Ukraine is a corrupt country, because from now, it’s not true. We want to change this image,” he added.
Zelensky thanked Trump, the USA, and ordinary Americans for supporting Ukraine, saying that Ukraine now has a very good relationship with the US.
“In my previous profession, when I was a producer, scriptwriter and actor, I wanted to get an Oscar, I wanted to be popular in the USA… Now I am very popular in the USA,” Zelensky told Amanpour.
“If this way will help Ukraine, I am ready for the next call with Mr. Trump,” he added.