Fact check: Trump Claims Without Evidence That Vindman’s Edits Were Made To The Ukraine Transcript

 

President Trump claimed that the changes Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman requested to the transcript of his July 25 call with Ukraine’s president were indeed made, therefore the transcript was “perfectly accurate.”

“Lt. Colonel Vindman and his twin brother, right we had some people that, really amazing, but we did everything. We said, what was wrong with it? They said, they didn’t add this word or that word. Didn’t. I said, add it. They’re probably wrong, but add it. So now everybody agrees that they were perfectly accurate,” he said.

Facts First: In fact, Vindman, the National Security Council’s top Ukraine expert, testified in the House impeachment inquiry that two “substantive” changes he suggested to the rough transcript of Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky were not made. As we have noted before, the document Trump released explicitly says on its first page that it is “not a verbatim transcript.”

You can read a longer fact check here.

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