President Trump flips script on Sondland’s testimony

The president reenacted a sliver of the ambassador’s testimony from his own handwritten notes that involved a September phone call when Sondland said he asked Trump what he wanted form Ukraine.
2:38 | 11/21/19

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Transcript for President Trump flips script on Sondland’s testimony
President trump quick to fire back. He went before the cameras at the white house reading off his handwritten notes, you can see it there in the picture. For more on this let's head over to Terry Moran and, Terry, the president calling sondland's testimony fantastic but privately white house aides conceded it was not a good day for him. Reporter: It was a tough day. That's for sure, Cecilia. The white house did not know what Gordon sondland was going to say in his testimony. No one did and so the president was up in the residence for hours watching that testimony and then that one moment came, the tension broke, he stepped outside of the white house and declared victory. Hours into the impeachment testimony, the president emerged from the white house and attempted to flip the script on the notion that ambassador sondland's testimony was damaging to him. And I just noticed one thing and I would say that means it's all over. Reporter: The president seized on a moment in sondland's testimony involving a phone call between the two in September. But I believe I just asked him an open-ended question, Mr. Chairman. What do you want from Ukraine. I keep hearing all these different ideas and theories. What do you want. Reporter: The president reading from handwritten notes reenacted the reply sondland remembered that trump gave to him and now here's my response that he gave. Just gave. Ready? You have the cameras rolling? I want nothing. That's what I want from Ukraine. That's what I said. I want nothing. I said it twice. Reporter: Republicans were quick to jump on the president's messaging putting up this sign in the hearing room but Democrats pointed out that September phone call between trump and sondland came after the white house learned about the whistle-blower complaint. There's a reason why he said there was no quid pro quo. We don't have telephone calls and just kind of spew something like that out. It was because the whistle-blower had come forward. The white house was aware of it and he knew that that was what the issue was going to be. Reporter: The president's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani mentioned dozens of times in sondland's testimony and accused of orchestrating the campaign to pressure Ukraine, also fired back tweeting, sondland is speculating based on very little contact and that he never met him. But ambassador sondland had said everyone was in the loop. Now, a spokesman for secretary of state Mike Pompeo said any suggestion that Pompeo knew that the military was -- aid was being withheld to force investigations is flat out false and vice president pence said to an interviewer, it simply didn't happen. George. Okay, Terry Moran, thanks very much.

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