On Thursday, CNN reported that a "senior Ukrainian official" said President Biden warned Ukraine's president of an "imminent" Russian invasion during a phone call earlier in the day. Biden allegedly added that the Capital of Kyiv would be "sacked" and that Ukraine should "prepare for impact."
Then, a just over an hour later, CNN walked back the report. Tweets were deleted, including one of host Jake Tapper repeating the "senior Ukrainian official"'s leak (but not before it was saved):
BREAKING: President Zelensky slams Western media coverage of Ukraine— Release The Poso (@JackPosobiec) January 28, 2022
Says they are giving the image there are tanks on the street and people fleeing, creating panic pic.twitter.com/NMfVOX1mXZ
BREAKING: President Zelensky slams Biden after Botched Call— Release The Poso (@JackPosobiec) January 28, 2022
“I am the President of Ukraine. I am based here. I think I know the details better.” pic.twitter.com/Nw3jrRtV4K
Needless to say, questions remain over the Biden-Zelensky phone call, particularly if the US president was browbeating the Ukrainian president in order to escalate the border situation with Russia.
As such, people are now demanding to see a transcript of the call - while the hashtag #ReleaseTheTranscript has begun trending on social media. It's only fair, after the Democrats' demanded to see a transcript of Trump's 'perfect phone call' during the 2020 US election.
Maybe Zelensky will #ReleaseTheTranscript🤷♂️— Dan Scavino Jr.🇺🇸🦅 (@DanScavino) January 28, 2022
The White House will never #ReleaseTheTranscript of the Biden/Zelensky call, not because they are worried about impeachment but because they don't want the world to see just how mentally unfit Biden is while speaking to an ally during an international crisis.— Shem Horne (@Shem_Infinite) January 28, 2022
They tried to impeach Trump over his perfect phone call with President Zelensky. Why hasn't the White House released the unedited transcript of the call between Biden and the President of Ukraine? #ReleaseTheTranscript pic.twitter.com/sBAzoy95th— Jason D. Meister 🇺🇸 (@jason_meister) January 28, 2022
Will the White House be transparent with the American people?