CNN has agreed with President Trump’s argument that two Democratic representatives misquoted his July 25 phone call with with Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky during a debate on articles of impeachment on Thursday.
Amid Thursday’s grueling markup session, which lasted some 14 hours, Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas) said President Trump told President Zelensky, “I want you to do me a favor though."
Similarly, Rep. Jackson Lee (D-Texas), quoted Trump as saying, “I would like you to do a favor though.”
However, in the declassified transcript of the phone call between Trump and Zelensky, the president actually says, “I would like you to do us a favor though because our country has been through a lot.”
“Dems Veronica Escobar and Jackson Lee purposely misquoted my call. I said I want you to do us (our country!) a favor, not me a favor. They know that but decided to LIE in order to make a fraudulent point! Very sad,” he wrote.
“Trump is correct that the call was misquoted during today's debate over the articles of impeachment in the House Judiciary committee,” the outlet wrote.
The word “us” is of significance as it could be seen to imply that the president was asking for a favor in the interest of the nation as opposed to a personal favor against a political rival.
“When the President said 'do us a favor,' he was using the royal we there,” she said.
“It wasn't a favor for the United States. He should have said ‘do me a favor’ because only kings say 'us' when they mean 'me,'” she added.
CNN’s agreement with Trump’s argument that he was misquoted by Escobar and Lee comes after House Democrats announced last week that they were filing two articles of impeachment against him, accusing him of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
The abuse-of-power charge accuses Trump of using his presidential authority to urge Ukraine to launch an investigation into Joe Biden, his 2020 presidential campaign rival, and his son, Hunter Biden and effectively withholding military aid as leverage.
Meanwhile, the obstruction of Congress charge relates to the White House preventing current and former administration officials from participating in the House-led impeachment inquiry and refusing to provide documents to congressional investigators.