Ukraine is no coincidence

Impeachment and dirty dollars that are uncomfortably close to the NBA

BY HENRY ABBOTT

The President is iffy on Belgium—once calling it a “beautiful city.” He made up a country called “Nambia” and reportedly needed some convincing that Nepal and Bhutan existed. Then pronounced them “nipple” and “button.”

There are 195 countries in the world. That’s news to Donald Trump; he reportedly once told the prime minister of Japan that he never knew we had so many. 

The point being: Most don’t earn his attention. 

So last week when the White House released a version of Trump’s call with the Ukrainian president, what struck me was: he seems to know an awful lot about Ukraine:

  • “I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine, they say Crowdstrike... I guess you have one of your wealthy people... The server, they say Ukraine has it.”

  • “I heard you had a prosecutor who was very good and he was shut down and that's really unfair.”

  • “The former ambassador from the United States, the woman, was bad news and the people she was dealing with in the …

Subscribe to the newsletter to unlock this post