Jan 17, 2020

Ukraine president rejects prime minister's resignation after audio leak

Ukraine Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk. Photo: Olena Khudiakova/ Ukrinform / Barcroft Media via Getty Images.

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky rejected Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk's resignation on Friday, days after he was caught making disparaging comments about Zelensky's understanding of economics, AP reports.

Context: In audio that leaked earlier this week, Honcharuk told National Bank officials that Zelensky, a former television star with no prior political experience, "has a very primitive understanding of the economy.”

  • Meanwhile, Zelensky is embroiled in the impeachment case unfolding against President Trump.

What's new: Zelensky asked Honcharuk to continue serving in his administration on Friday, per the Washington Post.

  • “It’s not a moment when we can afford economic and political destabilization,” Zelensky said in a video released by his office Friday.

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Senators to meet with Zelensky weeks after impeachment acquittal

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A bipartisan group of senators that includes Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) announced in a statement Wednesday that they will meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kiev on Friday.

Why it matters: The meeting will come less than two weeks after President Trump was acquitted of impeachment charges that alleged he withheld military aid to Ukraine in order to pressure Zelensky into investigating his political rivals.

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BuzzFeed: Pompeo to meet with Ukraine's Zelensky next week

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to Ukraine on Jan. 31 to meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky, BuzzFeed News reported Wednesday, citing three diplomatic sources with knowledge of Pompeo's schedule.

Why it matters: It's the first time a member of the U.S. cabinet will meet Zelensky since the House voted to impeach President Trump on charges that he sought to pressure his Ukrainian counterpart to announce investigations into his political rivals.

Go deeperArrowJan 22, 2020

Trump denies Bolton book allegations that Ukraine aid was tied to Bidens

President Trump speaks during a meeting as then-national security adviser John Bolton listens. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump strongly denied early Monday allegations his former national security adviser John Bolton reportedly made in an upcoming book that the holdup of aid to Ukraine was tied to demands for investigations into his political opponent Joe Biden.

What he's saying: "I NEVER told John Bolton that the aid to Ukraine was tied to investigations into Democrats, including the Bidens. In fact, he never complained about this at the time of his very public termination. If John Bolton said this, it was only to sell a book," Trump said on Twitter.

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