"Trump Pins Ukraine Call on Energy Secretary Rick Perry"

"President Trump told House Republicans that he made his now infamous phone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at the urging of Energy Secretary Rick Perry — a call Trump claimed he didn’t even want to make.

Behind the scenes: Trump made these comments during a conference call with House members on Friday, according to 3 sources on the call.

Per the sources, 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 [liquefied natural gas] plant," one source said, recalling the president's comments. 2 other sources confirmed the first source's recollection."

Alayna Treene and Jonathan Swan report for Axios October 5, 2019.


"Spokeswoman: Perry Encouraged Trump To Focus On Energy, Economy In Ukraine Call" (The Hill)

"Rick Perry's Role In Ukraine Under Scrutiny" (Washington Post)

"AP Sources: Trump Allies Sought Changes At Ukraine Utility" (AP)

"Rick Perry Planning To Step Down As Energy Secretary By Year End" (Washington Post)


Source: Axios, 10/07/2019