‘Most Implausible Alibi I’ve Ever Heard’: Trump Ridiculed for Blaming Rick Perry for Ukraine Call

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During a conference call with House Republicans on Friday, President Donald Trump reportedly blamed Energy Secretary Rick Perry for the July 25 call with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky that is at the center of Democrats’ impeachment inquiry.

Citing three anonymous sources who were on the conference call, Axios reported Saturday that “Trump rattled off the same things he has been saying publicly—that his call with Zelensky was ‘perfect’ and he did nothing wrong.”

“But he then threw Perry into the mix and said something to the effect of: ‘Not a lot of people know this but, I didn’t even want to make the call. The only reason I made the call was because Rick asked me to. Something about an LNG [liquified natural gas] plant,'” Axios reported, citing one source’s recollection of the president’s remarks.

“Another source on the call, according to Axios, “said Trump added that ‘more of this will be coming out in the next few days’—referring to Perry,” who is reportedly planning to leave the White House by the end of November.

There is no mention of an LNG plant in the memo of Trump’s call with Zelensky that the White House released last month.

As the Daily Beast reported, Trump’s claim that Perry is responsible for the Ukraine conversation is “contradicted by text messages released earlier this week between top U.S. diplomats and Andrey Yermak, an aide to Zelensky, which suggest Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani was a primary advocate for arranging the call.”

Critics were not impressed by Trump’s attempt to deflect blame for the call, during which the U.S. president pressed Zelensky to launch an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden.

“‘I was talked into my crime by Rick Perry’ is the most implausible alibi I’ve ever heard,” tweeted Esquire‘s Charles Pierce.

Others similarly lambasted the president’s reported comments:

 

This is not the first time Trump has thrown a member of his administration under the bus during the Ukraine scandal.

“I think you should ask for Vice President [Mike] Pence’s conversation, because he had a couple of conversations also,” Trump told reporters last week.

In response to Axios‘s reporting, writer Thor Benson tweeted, “Giuliani, Pompeo, and others should pay attention to what Trump is doing to Rick Perry. They’re next.”

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Robert Burnett
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Robert Burnett

Donald Trump has to be the most disgusting, worthless POS that ever was created. Whatever he gets, won’t be enough. I truly wish him the worst that life has to offer.

chris whitley
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chris whitley

Well there is a rumor rick Perry is involved in this. Some of his people were supposedly shaking down the gas company. Conceived ably they came across Hunter Bidens name and thought they could run with a story on the Bidens.

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Mick owens

Way to go Robert, perfect, luv ya work