As the testimonies against Donald Trump continued as part of the impeachment inquiry hearings, a handwritten note by the US President denying all the allegations went viral.
Gordon Sondland, President Donald Trump’s ambassador to the European Union, appeared before the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday for the impeachment inquiry hearings. Sondland said that he had worked with Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine policy at the “express direction” of the president, and that he had been told by Giuliani that Trump wanted to pressure Ukraine by withholding military aid in order to get an investigation.
Retorting to Sondland’s claim, Trump told reporters on the White House lawn that he did that he didn’t make any requests from Ukrainian president Zelensky, and that there was no “quid pro quo” for Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his son. But while making the comments, the US President was photographed with a note that had the key points of his speech written in all caps with a marker pen.
The note read, “I WANT NOTHING. I WANT NOTHING. I WANT NO QUID PRO QUO. TELL ZELLINSKY TO DO THE RIGHT THING. THIS IS THE FINAL WORD FROM THE PRES OF THE U.S.”
— Getty Images News (@GettyImagesNews) November 20, 2019
Like in other cases of Trump’s handwritten notes — people looked for errors, and tried to verify whether the president had written it or whether it was handed to him by an aide. The debate quickly moved on memes and photoshop battles.
Yuge font ✓
Random all caps ✓
Zelensky spelled wrong ✓
Yep, Trump wrote this pic.twitter.com/PN9S5ZFUw3
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) November 20, 2019
Trump aide: Tell them you want nothing.
Trump: I want something?
Aide: No, you want nothing. Tell them you want nothing.
Trump: Wait, what should I say?
Aide: Say, “I want nothing.”
Trump: I want … what again?
Aide: Never mind, I’ll write it down for you … Sir. pic.twitter.com/hfOjQuWKEY
— Kaili Joy Gray (@KailiJoy) November 20, 2019
In the movie version, Trump is escorted from the courtroom in handcuffs, muttering I WANT NOTHING I WANT NOTHING as camera fades. https://t.co/e7G0TScxHx
— Elizabeth Spiers (@espiers) November 20, 2019
Trump’s letter to Santa will finally clear him of all wrongdoing https://t.co/q7ZiIMuN7E
— Joseph Scrimshaw (@JosephScrimshaw) November 20, 2019
This reads like a lost Kurt Cobain lyric. https://t.co/8VEs65vbII
— (((Helaine Olen))) (@helaineolen) November 20, 2019
When the real thing looks like it’s been photoshopped 🙃 https://t.co/LCeg4XA1CA
— Emma Fraser (@frazbelina) November 20, 2019
— Lily Sullivan (@LilyYily) November 20, 2019
Irrelevant but Trump’s notes to himself always look so much like the poems my blind 93-year-old grandmother writes in sharpie and mails us on holidays and birthdays pic.twitter.com/66DRRhKpRJ
— Laura Bassett (@LEBassett) November 20, 2019
Wow. Trump’s actual handwritten notes in all caps and Sharpie. U.S. politics are wild. pic.twitter.com/sKKuYJNsGi
— Arianna Rees (@AriWRees) November 20, 2019
— 🎈Impeachment Party! 🎈 (@Scaughty) November 20, 2019
— Brennan Keller (@BKs_GarbagePile) November 20, 2019
— Dancing in the Dach (@DachDancing) November 20, 2019
Maybe it’s the power talking but Zellinsky loves my butt that won’t quit. They got these big chewy investigations here biglybiglycovfefe quid pro quo??!!!? Get outta here #QuidProQuo pic.twitter.com/jLUIDRnHjZ
— Sara McClunky (@TeslaDethray) November 21, 2019
this is how i’m going to write grocery lists from now on
I WANT CHEDDAR
I WANT GOUDA
TELL DELI WORKER TO SLICE CHEESE THIN
THIS IS THE FINAL WORD FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THIS SHOPPING CART https://t.co/ioLC9wlU8c
— Sarah McLaughlin (@sarahemclaugh) November 20, 2019
“I want nothing. I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo,”” the president told a U.S. diplomat in a September phone call. Reading from a page of Sharpie-scrawled comments on an Air Force One notepad, Trump re-enacted the conversation in dramatic fashion Wednesday on the South Lawn and insisted it should dispel the impeachment cloud over his head.
Sondland testified Wednesday that he couldn’t remember Trump ever telling him directly the aid would be held up until the statement was made.
[with inputs from AP]
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