Speaking to Axios on HBO on Sunday, Zelensky said he would “never let that happen” when asked about the release of the transcript, and added that neither he nor Trump had “the right” to make details of the July, 2019 phone call public.
The Ukrainian president also hinted that he had been angered by the former president’s move to publish a rough transcript of the conversation as he faced allegations of offering Zelensky a White House meeting in exchange for an investigation into a Ukrainian gas company where Hunter Biden was a board member as part of a “quid pro quo” deal.
“There was one unpleasant thing. Until now, I have not spoken about this. The publishing of our conversation, I think this is very wrong,” Zelensky told Axios. “And it was not Ukraine who made it public. I would never let that happen.”